Monday, May 23, 2011

Using a Store Flyer to Identify Simple and Compound Machines

Here is a picture of a newspaper flyer that came with this past Sunday's newspaper. The same or similar flyers are usually given out at the stores.

You can use the flyer from this store (which happens to be my husband's favorite store) or from another home improvement warehouse or hardware store to help kids practice identifying and categorizing simple and compound machines.

Have the students flip through the pages and identify simple and compound machines.

Next students could cut out and sort the pictures into simple and compound machines. Then they could be resorted into the 6 simple machine categories (wheel, lever, pulley, inclined plane, screw, wedge). Some pictures can be glued and labeled in their science notebooks.

Students could create a poster or posters with the pictures and label the simple machines.

Here are some pictures that were in this week's store flyer.

The base of a light bulb is a screw.

These doorknobs are wheels and axles.

These door handles are levers.

The ladder is an inclined plane.

The screw-on cap is a screw.

The steps are an inclined plane.

The drill and drill bits are screws.

The drills are screws and the saw is a wedge.

Lots of wheels and axles here on these compound machines plus levers, inclined planes, screws, and wedges.

More wheels and axles plus levers, inclined planes, screws, and wedges.

Still more wheels!

So .... the cost for this activity is basicly FREE if you have paper, pencils, scissors, and glue on hand. Plus, I like the fact that we're recycling! 

Inside back cover of the flyer ...... Yes, it's great to RECYCLE!

Have fun!


  1. Great idea. My son was a hands learner as he had trouble following text. We tried a lot of things to help him learn - one was printing his spelling words out in shaving cream !

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  3. That is another wonderful idea!!!



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