Friday, June 7, 2013

Simple Machines and Inventions Unit

Wikipedia image:  Rube Goldberg Machine
Science being the main subject and the utter lack of Language Arts, I found it difficult to even call this a thematic, so I didn't.



Day
Subject
Activity

1
Math
·         Talk about counting inventions. Abacus, zero, fractions and decimals, mechanical calculators, binary, electronic calculators, computers. Article on numbers
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 1
·         Math journal 45.8 hours


Lesson
·         Newton’s Laws of Motion
·         Egg ‘trick’
·         Inclined Planes
·         Talk about wheelchair ramps, building the pyramids, slides.
·         Inclined plane experiment
·         Wedges

2
Math
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 2
·         Math journal


Lesson
·         Screws
·         Show a variety of screws and c-clamp
·         Activity 2 and 5
·         Lesson 8
·         Archimedes Screw

History
·         Archimedes
·         Archimedes Principle
·         Archimedes Eureka poem

3
Math
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 3
·         Math journal


Lesson
·         Levers
·         Cyber Chase Lever Snip
·         Lever Worksheet
·         Building a trebuchet

4
Math
·         Using a Scientific Calculator exercise 4
·         Math journal


Lesson
·         Wheels and Axels
·         Wheel worksheet
·         Wheel and axel worksheet
·         Discuss spokes as levers. Build a water wheel.

History
·         Leonardo DaVinci
·         Talk about how he’s usually thought of for his art. View Mona Lisa and Last Supper
·         Guess What the Machine Does
·         Replica of Leonardo’s tank

5
Movie
·         Robots



Activity
·         Marshmallow/popcorn catapult

6
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 1. Charitable Cans to Paint
       Math journal:  10% discount


Lesson
·         Gears and Pulleys both worksheets.
·         Make a windlass
·         Gears activity
·         Bicycle gears

7
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 4. Gifts for the Family
      Math journal


Lesson
·         Electricity
·         Bend the stream
·         Experiment with Electromagnets
·         Building series and parallel circuits Additional http://www.tryengineering.org/lessons/serpar.pdfseries and parallel circuit activity
·          

History
·         The Story of Electricty

8
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 6. Inspecting the Deck
      Math journal


Lesson
·         Rube Goldberg
·         Honda Commerical
·         OK Go
·         Crème that egg
·         Page Turner

9
Math
·         Scientific Calculator 13. Brief Introduction to Trigonometry
      Math journal


Lesson
·         Rube Goldberg DIY project
·         Paper design and practice.

Choices
·         Put toothpaste on a toothbrush
·         Toast a slice of bread
·         Raise a flag
·         Other approved idea

Requirements
·         6 simple machines
·         Minimum of 2 energy transfers
·         1 chemical reaction

10
Project
·         Videoed implementation of Rube Goldberg Machine


Movie
·         Honey, I shrunk the Kids!





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