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Primary Junior Science & Technology Teacher Resources

Classroom and teacher resources for 1-6.


Grade 2: Understanding Structures & Mechanisms

Hands-On Kits

Simple Machines and Movement Science Kit.

Call Number: TBD

Covers the following:

Strand A: STEM Skills and Connections

Strand D: Simple Machines and Movement 

Students will investigate the variety of simple machines seen in everyday life, including levers, wedges, screws, wheels, axels, and inclined planes. This kit includes the worksheet Simple Machines and Movement, which provides six workstations where students can explore simple machines. This kit provides materials for six activities. 


K'NEX Kits

Teacher Resource Room, Floor 1, QC 26 .R652 1995.  Two other boxes are shelved with this one, each with its own building challenge.  Pieces can be used to create simple machines such as a wheel & axle, lever, inclined plane, etc.

Information Books

Lesson Plans

Making Objects Move from AAAS ScienceNetLinks

"In this lesson, students study the motion of objects in order to create a structure that can be used to move an object from one place to another."

Online Video

Science Max: Simple Machines

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"A 22 minute episode that follows Scientist Max in solving his problem of moving a very heavy object. He uses levers, rollers, ramps, and pulleys to complete this every day task."