Simple Machine Science Centers

Chessin, Debby
February 2007
Science & Children;Feb2007, Vol. 44 Issue 6, p36
Academic Journal
Science Experiment
The article discusses the importance of science learning centers that are a practical way to introduce simple machines, based from the experience of the author. It is stated that science centers can engage students, accommodate different learning styles and individual interests, help students become independent and confident learners, and encourage social skills among students. Students were asked about what they like to do on the playground, to engage students in the center. Thus, students explored using the materials for the experiment and followed the directions on the worksheet. She states that many of the process skills used in science inquiry are similar to math and reading skills, which can save instructional time while building on the natural curiosity of the students.


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