Machines Study Guide: Form 2 (grades 4-6)

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In this elementary school study guide, students will be introduced to simple and complex machines and how they are, and have been, used in our world. You will find the following items included:

  • Reading assignments
  • Activities based on the reading
  • Narration and discussion prompts
  • Object lesson and nature lore prompts
  • Suggested leisure reading options
  • Recommended supplemental books, videos, and articles
  • Exam questions

Spine Text:

This study guide accompanies the living book The First Book of Machines by Walter Buehr. Buy a newly reprinted copy of this book from Living Library Press (also available by October 15,) or for an extensive used copy search, try

  • 53 pages
  • Reading Level: 4-6 grade
  • Prerequisites: none

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This study guide includes 33 morning lessons, three per week, each requiring 20-30 minutes. Each week will include the following science lessons:

  • Weekly Lesson 1: Nature Lore
  • Weekly Lesson 2: Natural History Science Reading and sometimes an activity
  • Weekly Lesson 3: Special Studies Reading or Natural History Activity

Other necessary science and nature study should be done during afternoons or evenings, and may include the following:

  • Daily work outside exploring and investigating, making notes or drawings of observations.
  • Additional reading on this science topic and nature topics according to individual desire and interest.

Sample Lessons: