Levers

What do a seesaw, tweezers, scissors, and your arm have in common? They’re are all examples of levers! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby explain how this simple type of machine allows us to move things more easily by magnifying our effort. You’ll see the four different components of a lever, and how they can be rearranged to form three different types of levers. You’ll also learn why lifting something heavy with a lever is easier than lifting without one. Let’s get lifting!

Simple Machines Lesson Plan: An Online Game and Learning Stations

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-6, students use BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP resources (including an online science game) to explore simple machines. Students participate in cooperative hands-on learning activities to investigate different types of simple machines. They will also create their own simple machines during online gameplay and afterward using classroom materials. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Science Fair Lesson Plan: Planning Projects with BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about planning projects when they create a science fair exhibit.  They will select their topic, explore the criteria for planning, and design a compelling and realistic experiment based on their topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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