Simple Machines

What is a simple machine? In this movie, you'll learn that force is a push or pull that can change the way something moves. A simple machine is a tool that uses force to make work easier. A lever is a bar that rests on a fulcrum, and you can use it to help you left heavy things. A ramp is a simple machine with a slanted surface, and you can use it to help you move things. You'll also learn about other simple machines, such as pulleys and wheel and axles. Find out how everyday tools use simple machines.

Simple Machines Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about simple machines. The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Simple Machines. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »

Simple Machines Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about simple machines. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Simple Machines topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »
  • Otávio Garcia

    As part of the BrainPop Certification Course, here is my comment on the resources available on this page. The “Background Information” component is easy to access and provides a reliable resource for parents and students. The “Activities for Kids” are interesting and doable.