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Use poetry and rhyme as a springboard to introduce how simple machines and famous inventors have changed modern life. This lesson emphasizes that simple machines enable people to work more efficiently and improve our lives.
Simple machines, inventors, inventions
Introduce the lesson with the poem Inventions to Mention. Provide a copy of the poem for your students. Read the poem aloud as your students follow along with you. More advanced readers may participate by taking turns reading a stanza.
After the students have heard and read the poem, discuss the inventors and the inventions that are included in the text. Discuss the clues given in the poem about the inventions for which each person is responsible. Encourage students to refer back to the poem to determine the specific inventions that each person contributed. Provide time for students to use reference materials to confirm their answers.
Explain to students that many objects contain one or more simple machines. List the six simple machines on the board or chart paper and share an example of each.
Discuss each simple machine and provide opportunities for students to find other examples in the classroom or at home.
Expand on the concept of inventions and students’ understanding of simple machines by asking students to write about their own great inventions. Provide each student with a copy of the handout My Great Invention. Explain that a graphic organizer is simply a tool to help them organize their thoughts and ideas.
Ask students to create a mock-up of their invention. Explain that the mock-up doesn’t have to be functional or to scale. Rather, it should be an example of what their invention might look like. Provide recycled materials such as oatmeal containers, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, toilet paper tubes, buttons, paper scraps, ribbons, etc. for students to use to create their invention.
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Instruct students to use the ideas in their graphic organizer to construct a cohesive paragraph describing their invention and the way in which it would make our lives easier or better. Provide a writing rubric so that students have a clear understanding of the criteria by which they will be assessed.
Lesson Plan Source
Cre8time, through partnership with EducationWorld
Common Core State Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 - Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 - Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
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