Science Gr5 Simple Machines

Gr5 Science- Simple Machines unit. PHYSICAL SCIENCE (GR. 5)

Ray’s Gr 5 Simple Machines unit.
Fall 11- under construction.- Feel free to help improve this! Can you speak another language? Let me know at ray.myrtle (at) I want to produce other language versions of the lessons so that ESL & parents with limited English can understand the material- some of this is just materials and ideas ‘parked here’.

Let me know so that you can tape another language version of
the lessons… Eventually I’ll post them here…
See version for my class that the students see at
Simple Machines – Unit Plan.docSimple Machines – Lessons (entire).doc Bike Diagram (for final test)
Bike image;Bike_image.jpg
Use the wagon as a simple machines quiz. (find the simple machines)- Didn’t work too well. Need a better one.

Garden_Trolley.jpgWagon diagram for quiz



Content (What you need to include):

Include all the 5 parts of the scientific method:

1. Hypothesis: means: What do you think will happen?

You can also use a question: What are we trying to find?– for example: How far are paper clips from the fulcrum when the lever is balanced?

2. Materials: Exactly what things did you use? List them.

3. Method: (this part is optional) Describe EXACTLY how you did the experiment. Write out each step so someone could copy exactly what you did and get the same results as you did. Use diagrams to help make it clear.

4. Results: This is the measurements and other observations you made during the experiment.

  • the Data Table is the most important part. Include the results from other people in your class in your data table.

  • Put your data into a Graph. Label the graph.

5. Conclusions: Explain what happened. Looking at the results, what patterns do you see?

  • Errors: Why do you think we got different results sometimes? Why did Steven get 8 cm?What could explain it? Think about the way the experiment was done.

Give the three best 3 reasons why some results might be different.

Presentation (How your poster looks): See the examples on the board

  1. Titles and diagrams with felts – like a ‘sharpie’
  2. All words level on the page- no printing up or down, except on the side of the graph.
  3. Use a ruler to draw lines.
  4. Space out the parts of the poster so that it is not crowded or emply in any part.
  5. Put a box around each part of the scientific method (Question- Materials etc) so that the section is clear

Rubric: A chart that tells you how the poster will be evaluated and helps you know what to do.
Required– what you have to do.
Organization– The order of things or where you put things on the page so that the reader can easily understand what you did
Criteria: the ‘rules’ you have to follow for the poster

Lever poster rubric

The ideas and
information you
have to
Missing two of the
5 sections. Major missing
pieces – graph, data table,
Major difference from real
All 4 required
sections. Important
pieces may be missing
or incorrectData table and conclusion
attempted but may not be
Minor pieces
missing, or
differences from the
real experiment, but
major structures
there. Data complete
but conclusion
may not be complete
All 4 required sections
complete, eg.
Data and Graph labeled
and complete. Logical
conclusion, & errors.may
have small errors.
All 5 sections
complete. Clear
understanding of
pattern. Thoughful
examples of errors-
may include ways
to eliminate them.
Evidence of additional thinking
or knowledge.
How you
organize the
poster so it
is easy to
Did not follow criteria
Organization difficult to follow
Writing difficult to read.
Diagrams not completed.
Most title, labels are missing.
Did not follow all criteria.
Organization difficult to follow
Writing may be difficult to read.
Diagrams not completed.
Some titles or labels missing.
Most important criteria
followed. Organization
may be hard to follow
in some parts.
Important criteria
followed. Organization
clear in most parts.
Criteria followed.
Additional features
may be present.

Here are some ideas I’m playing with about the final test..
Simple Machines Quiz1c.doc

Final quiz ideas2.doc