Author: Elizabeth Turner

Title:  “Find the Wedge”

Date:  Spring 2007

Wedge Activity

Prerequisites:

• Students will have demonstrated knowledge of simple machines
• Students can determine the parts of an object.
• Students can develop questions about objects that can be answered through investigation.
• Students will have demonstrated the ability to analyze characteristics and properties of geometric shapes

State Standards/Accomplishments:

Science Content Standard 11.4.11-explore simple machines and use them for simple tasks.

Science Content Standard 12.4.12-select an object according to its observable physical properties.

Math Content Standard 5.5.1- Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer questions

Math Content Standard 5.5.2-Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data

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Goal:  The purpose of this lesson is for students to identify types of wedges from everyday items.

Objectives:

• Students will be able to identify types of wedges
• Students will be able to graph their data according to category
• Students will be able to make observations about simple machines

Lesson Introduced:  This activity will be done after the PowerPoint presentation on wedges.

Instructional Procedure:

·        The teacher will label six craft bags 1-6

·        The teacher will place six items in each craft bag  three of which is a wedge

·        The teacher will handout the wedge worksheet to each student

·        The teacher will give the students one minute to go through each bag and find the wedges.

·        The students will record the items on the wedge worksheet and graph the number of wedges found in each bag

·        The teacher will go over answers after the activity

Questions for High Order Thinking:

·        Can a wedge be classified as another simple machine?

·        What are other uses for wedges?

·        How do you use wedges in your daily life?

Assessment:  Students will hand in worksheet for grading.

Adaptations to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners:

• students can work in groups or alone

Materials:

• 6 craft bags
• a magic marker
• various everyday examples of wedges
• pictures of wedges from the internet
• wedge worksheet
• graph paper