5th Grade Science

Simple Machines Info on the Web

Here's a fun interactive to try:
  1. Open the Edheads-Simple Machines web site: http://www.edheads.org/activities/simple-machines/index.htm
  2. On the site, under “Simple Machines” click on this image: simple-machines-start.jpg
  3. Visit each room and find the ten simple machines in each room.




Invention/Inventor Web Sites:
  1. Museum of Ancient Inventions at Smith College- http://www.smith.edu/hsc/museum/ancient_inventions/hsclist.htm
  2. How Stuff Works-http://www.howstuffworks.com/
  3. Technology Timeline from PBS “American Experience”: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/telephone/timeline/timeline_text.html
  4. Invention Dimension at MIT- http://web.mit.edu/invent/
  5. Famous Invention History- http://inventors.about.com/od/famousinventions/Famous_Invention_From_A_to_Z_Find_Any_Famous_Invention.htm
  6. Famous Inventions: A to Z (About.com): http://inventors.about.com/od/astartinventions/a/FamousInvention.htm
  7. Famous Inventors: A to Z (About.com): http://inventors.about.com/od/astartinventors/a/Famous_Inventor.htm
  8. The Great Idea Finder- http://www.ideafinder.com/showcase/index.html
  9. Invention Facts and Myths- http://www.ideafinder.com/history/of_inventions.htm
  10. Innovation Timeline- http://www.ideafinder.com/history/timeline.htm
  11. National Inventors Hall of Fame- http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_1_search.asp
  12. Zoom Inventors and Inventions- http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/indexa.shtml

About Simple Machines- for background info
  1. MiKids: Simple Machines- http://mikids.com/Smachines.htm
  2. Simple Machines Learning Site- http://www.coe.uh.edu/archive/science/science_lessons/scienceles1/finalhome.htm
  3. Canada Science and Technology Museum: Simple Machines http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/schoolzone/Info_Simple_Machines2.cfm
  4. A Compendium of Simple Machine Sites- http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/simmach.html
  5. Dirtmeister’s Science Reporter- http://teacher.scholastic.com/dirtrep/simple/plane.htm
  6. Simple Machines-http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/machines.htm
  7. Franklin Institute Online: Simple Machines-http://www.fi.edu/qa97/spotlight3/spotlight3.html
  8. Machines for Kids- http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/machines4kids.htm
  9. Inventor’s Toolbox- http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/InventorsToolbox.html
  10. Screws- http://weirdrichard.com/screw.htm
  11. Inclined Plane- Demo- http://lectureonline.cl.msu.edu/~mmp/applist/si/plane.htm

More Sites to Explore:
  1. Edheads.org- Simple Machines Activity- http://edheads.org/activities/simple-machines/index.shtml
  2. Edheads.org- Odd/Compound Machines Activity- http://edheads.org/activities/odd_machine/index.shtml
  3. Devices of Wonder from the Getty- http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/devices/choice.html
  4. Exploratorium-San Francisco “Ten Cool Sites” Invention- http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/cool/invention.html
  5. Colonial Williamsburg Tools- http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/tools/tlhdr.cfm
  6. Tools That Made our World- http://www.antiquetools.com/10-tools/index.html
  7. Marvelous Machine Experiments- http://www.galaxy.net/~k12/machines/index.shtml
  8. Patent Museum- http://www.patentmuseum.com/