As we begin our next PYP Unit of Inquiry, we investigate the realm of Simple Machines.
Each PYP Unit has a core or central idea. Our central idea for Simple Machines:
“Simple machines are used to move objects in different ways and influence our daily lives.”
The ideas and concepts to help students gain a better understanding. Our key concepts for Simple Machines:
Form: What is a simple machine?
Function: How do simple machines work? What happens when they work together?
Connection: How do simple machines affect our daily lives?
Reflection: What evidence have we collected to support this idea?
IST Grade 2 teachers have put together a list of Internet resources and games for students to explore.
Here are just a few resources for you to try.
Simple Machines – Resources and Games
Levers – Investigate how levers work in this interactive mobile
Problem Solving with Push/Pull Physics and Simple Machines
Magic Pen – Draw items and use simple machines to solve problems
Fantastic Contraption – Design and build your own compound machine
Roller Coaster Designer – Use gravity’s pull to create your coaster
Learn About Simple and Compound Machines
EdHead Simple Machine – Learn about simple machines
EdHead Compound Machine – Learn about compound machines
Simple Machines – Identify the different ways simple machines are used
Additional resources and games cane be found on the IST Grade 2 STUDENT page under the sub-heading Simple Machines.
Have fun exploring!