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Simple Machines
Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys
by David A. Adler
Anna Raff, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 11 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823433094 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Technology and Computers, Science & Nature
Recommendations: A, K

CCSS Codes:
RI.2.1-4, 6-10
L.2.3, 4, 4a-c, 4e, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
RF.2.3, 3d, 3f, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.2.1, 1a-c, 2-4, 6
W.2.2, 3, 5, 7 ,8

About the Book

This lively introduction to physics will get kids excited about how simple machines simplify our lives.

Kids use simple machines every day without realizing it. Teeth are wedges and so are knives, forks, and thumbtacks. Many toys such as slides, which are inclined planes, and seesaws, which are levers, are also simple machines. Two appealing kids and their comical cat introduce levers, wheels, pulleys, inclined plains, and more, and explain how they work.


"Children will be drawn to the depictions of the machines in familiar situations such as turning on a water faucet or playing on a seesaw. The charming illustrations, featuring children, adults, and even a cat, enhance the impact of the message by depicting a small community going about their lives and using simple machines to make work easier."—Booklist

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Find the bold new vocabulary words in SIMPLE MACHINES. (wedge, inclined plane, ramp, lever, friction, wheel and axel, shaft, gear) RI.2-3.5

2. Find examples in the book of how author David A. Adler explains the meaning of new words using pictures and words. RI.2-3.4,7

3. How do simple machines simplify your life? RI.2-3.1, 2, 3 / W.2-3.2

4. In small groups, find real-world examples of wedge, inclined plane, ramp, lever, friction, wheel and axel, shaft, and gear that are not mentioned in the book. Provide reasons and evidence. W.2-3.7, 8

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SIMPLE MACHINES: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys
Simple machines are all around us. How many can you find?