Year 8 Science Simple Machines


1. Simple Machines: –

  • Select the Activity for each type of simple machine and do a test found at the bottom of the table.

2. Simple Machines

There are 7 activities you can do at the following website:

  • Label It!
  • Simple Machines MatchIt
  •  Simple Machines Word-O-Rama
  • Simple Machines – LetterFall
  • Simple Machines -Word Search
  • Simple Machines – Hangmouse
  • Simple Machines – Songs

3.  Simple Machines –  “The Essence of Simple Machines”  “Find the Simple Machine”  “Putting Simple Machines to Work. Use the website: to complete the worksheet: Yr 8 Machines ICT lesson

Simple machines videos:

Simple machines Games

  1. Simple machines interactives:
  2. Simple machines. Visit rooms in th house and identify simple machines. Learn about simple and compound machines while you explore the House and Tool Shed!Simple Machines  (a) Click on “The House” and select “Bathroom”. Find all the machines in the bathroom and answer all quesitons in the activity. Next, click on Bedroom, Kitchen or Garage and find all the machines and answer the questions.  (b) Click on  “Tool Shed” anelect the “drill” and answer all the questions. Next, click on the other tools eg. stapler, can opener and wheelbarrow.
  3. Buglar Catcher with simple machines.
  4. Robot Factory – Build your own robots by carefully selecting the parts at this website:
  5. Build a machine that will harness wind energy:
  6. Other interactive websites:  ;

Other websites

Inventors Toolbox: The Elements of Machines  After you have seen the various elements of machines, you can try to figure out which ones are used in some common devices by going to the Gadget Anatomy page.

Pulley System  An interactive demonstration of pulleys.

How Gears Work – from the How Stuff Works web site

Simple Machines  This is one of the “Spotlight” pages from the Franklin Institute Science Museum – excellent information within this site as well as links to many other resources.

The Science of Cycling  There are good diagrams and illustrations of the parts of the bicycle and how they work.  The reading level will be challenging for grade four.

Fun experimets from website:


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