Energy, Work and Machines
This unit is mainly taught using our text.  See our curriculum sheets for additional information.

Central Questions

  • How do living things and human technology changes matter and transform energy?
  • How do things move around us?
  • Why do things move as they do?
  • How can we control the motions of objects?
  • How is motion related to energy and energy conversion?


  • Construct simple objects that fulfill technological purposes.
  • Qualitatively describe and compare motions in three directions.
  • Related changes in speed or directions to unbalanced forces in two dimensions.
  • Describe the forces exerted by magnets, electrically charged objects and gravity.
  • Design strategies for moving objects by application of forces, including the use of simple machines.
Lesson Plans/Units
Cool Experiments with Maqnets

Making the Force Be With You  Unit Plan from the Sample Core Curriculum for Michigan Schools

Work is Simple with Simple Machines

Baltimore Curriculum Project: Force

Baltimore Curriculum Project: Electricity

Forces and Motion   Cross-curricular activities

Online Activities/Projects/Background Information

EIA Kid's Page  Information for students and teacher resources from the Energy Information Association.

Electricity and Magnetism

Inventors Toolbox: The Elements of Machines

Simple Machines: The Franklin Institute

Amusement Park Physics



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