Unit of Instruction

Simple Machines

Middle School
Targeted Grade Level
6th - 8th

In this unit, students will gain a deep comprehension of the six simple machines. Students will learn how each simple machine works and creates a mechanical advantage to make work easier. Each lesson includes a design and engineering challenge where students must apply what they have learned in a fun and creative way. 

Included Lessons
  1. Unit Overview
  2. Inclined Plane
  3. Wedge
  4. Lever
  5. Wheel & Axle
  6. Screw
  7. Pulley
  8. Unit Assessment
Mobile STEM Lab Requirement
Engineering Pathways Mobile STEM Lab
Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab
NGSS Learning Dimensions


Scientific & Engineering Practices

  • Asking questions and defining problems

  • Develop and use models

  • Planning and carrying out investigations

  • Using mathematics

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information


Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns

  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation

  • Scale, proportion, and quantity

  • Systems and system models

Access Curriculum