I am still thinking about yesterday’s learning club. Alexandra presented a lesson about simple machines to a class of fourth graders. After discussing inclined planes, pulleys, and wedges, the children explored the tools at different “simple machine stations.” The inclined plane table held a plank, balancing block, and a variety of balls. The kids excitedly explored a variety of inclines and its consequences on rolling balls. It was a joy to see how much fun they found with a simple set up.
At the end of the lesson I showed them a heavy object and a light one. I asked which, “will fall faster?” They argued about the potential outcomes and were astonished when they saw them fall at the same rate. It was a pleasure to experience play mixed with concrete learning.