In-Class Field Trips for Grade Four Students

What is a simple machine?

wheels-levers-1Using a “hands on” approach, students will explore different ways of transferring force into motion using 6 simple machines: wheel/axle, pulley, lever, inclined plane, screw & wedge.

Working in groups, students will conduct experiments using rollers, wheels & axles, pulleys, inclined planes, levers, gears & gear boards, and, if time permits, small model cars. Groups will record their findings in work books provided.

Discussion will center around friction and overcoming friction, the advantage of using multiple pulleys, and (by using examples) the difference between 1st, 2nd and 3rd class levers.

The program culminates with each group applying their knowledge in exploring and evaluating the 3 different drive systems in our fun, exciting model cars (time permitting).

Learner Expectations we aim to cover in this field trip:
Topic B: Wheels and Levers

  1. GLE 4-6
  2. SLE 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8

Field Trip Information:

Cost (does not include GST): $243.34 per session.

Number of Adult Helpers Required: 6
The field trip can’t happen without them. Check out our FAQ page for hints on where to find your helpers.

Field Trip Length: 2 hours (we will be working through recess)
Facilitator will arrive approximately ½ hour before start time for set up.

Room Requirements

  • 5 or 6 large tables with chairs for the groups to work around (one for each group).
  • 1 large table or counter space for our materials.
  • Access to a whiteboard or chalkboard.

Other Expectations

  • Please have helpers arrive 10 minutes before start time for briefing.