Brain, M. How Stuff Works, HowStuffWorks, Inc.
A must visit site for almost any question as to how something works. It offers plenty of interactive graphics, with extensive explanations. Most appropriate to middle and high school students. A great source of information for the teacher with lots of up to date links.
Class, M. J. s. S. Simple Machines.
Simple enough for a second grader to read. Includes a glossary of terms and illustrations of the simple machines.
Industry, C. O. S. a. (2000). Simple Machines, COSI/Columbus.
Through the use of QuickTime, this site allows the user to observe simple machines in motion. Very well designed interactive and discovery-based site.
Kranz, T. Simple Machines Learning Site.
Simple web page explaining each of the 6 simple machines. It offers concise definitions and provides the students with activities for each of the machines.
Macaulay, D. and Dorling Kindersley Multimedia (Firm) (1998). The new way things work. New York, NY, DK Interactive Learning,.
Helps children 8 and older to understand scientific principles, materials and properties. Features “digital age” technologies, machines, inventions, and twenty-two basic principles of science. Includes videos, animations, and illustrations.
Network, S. L. (1997). Exploring Leonardo, The Museum of Science.
This site can be used to explore the life of Leonardo da Vinci, and the different machines he invented. It can also be used as a culminating activity where the student has to list the different simple machines they see in the inventions.
Saskatchewan Learning (2002) Elementary Science Curriculum Guide. Grade 3 Science- Simple Machines
This is possibly one of the most extensive presentations of simple machines on the net. This exemplary site includes directions on how to perform experiments for each of the simple machines. It also includes a list of factors to take into account. A much needed resource to implement the unit.
Tomecek, S. M. (2003). Dirtmester Science Reporters: Simple Machines, Scholastic Inc.
A very accessible and simple site for the elementary age student. Provides the student with other students’ sample reports of common objects as they relate to the simple machines that they are made of.