(*See previous 15 posts on simple machines.)
- Have the students visit Edheads, a wonderful interactive website.
- Have students brainstorm and list other compound machines in their science notebooks plus make a class chart of complex machines.
- Read books about compound machines.
- Have students walk around the home/school/neighborhood to identify and observe compound machines. Have them bring a notebook or camera.
- Have students look in magazines, catalogs, or online for pictures of complex machines. Then create a poster or slide show of complex/compound machines.
|Home Depot Catalog|
- Have students sketch and label complex machines and then label the simple machines that make up each complex machine.
- Take a field trip to a hardware store, tool department of a department store, or home improvement warehouse to observe complex machines. Take a notebook or camera then make an album or slide show to share with others.
- Have students invent their own compound machine. (This could be an imaginary machine with a sketch/illustration or a real working compound machine.)
Have fun learning about complex machines!