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Matthew's Science Series
Simple Machines
How Machines Affect Our Lives

Matthew's Science Series
Matthew's Science Series


How Machines Affect Our Lives
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.32

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    fulcrum, Jeffries, lever, pries, pulley, raked, spiral, wheelbarrow, piled, environment, wedge, exactly, whew, class, leaned, screw
     content words:    Earth Week

Other Languages
     Spanish: Cómo las máquinas afectan nuestras vidas


How Machines Affect Our Lives
By Jane Runyon
  

1     It was Earth Week in Mrs. Kim's class. They had been doing jobs all around their school. They raked leaves. They picked up trash. They weeded the flower beds. They had piled up all of the trash they had found.
 
2     "Whew!" exclaimed C. J. "I'm really tired. I have been working hard all week on that trash pile."
 
3     "That's not work," said Sarah. "That's helping the environment!"
 
4     "I have too been working," said C.J. "Haven't I, Mrs. Kim?"
 
5     "According to the rules of science, you certainly have worked," answered Mrs. Kim. "Work is what occurs anytime a force moves an object any distance."
 
6     "So there," said C.J. "I moved trash from around the school to here. That is a lot of work."
 
7     "We're not done yet," said Mrs. Kim. "We have more work to do before our job is complete. We must move all of this trash into the back of that truck. Once we are done, Mr. Jeffries can take the load of trash to the landfill."
 
8     The children started to gather round the back of the truck. They looked at each other and then at the pile of trash. "How are we going to get all of that trash up into the back of the truck?" asked Matthew.
 
9     "We are going to use machines," said Mrs. Kim.
 
10     The class looked all around. "I don't see any machines around here," said Maddie. "Is someone going to bring them here?"
 
11     "No," said Mrs. Kim, "everything we need is already here at school. We are going to use simple machines."
 
12     Mrs. Kim showed the children some items she had laid out on the sidewalk. There were a long board, a wheelbarrow, and a shovel. "Here are our machines," she said.

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    Careers in Science  
 
    Caring for Earth  
 
    Clouds  
 
    Dinosaurs  
 
    Earth's Land  
 
    Earth  
 
    Earthquakes  
 
    Electricity  
 
    Energy  
 
    Erosion  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Food Webs and Food Chain  
 
    Forces and Motion  
 
    Fossils  
 
    Health and Nutrition  
 
    How Things Work  
 
    Landforms  
 
    Life Science  
 
    Light  
 
    Magnets  
 
    Matter  
 
 
    Moon  
 
    Natural Disasters  
 
    Photosynthesis  
 
    Plant and Animal Cells  
 
    Plants  
 
    Rocks and Minerals  
 
    Science Process Skills  
 
    Scientific Notation  
 
    Seasons  
 
    Simple Machines  
 
    Soil  
 
    Solar System  
 
    Sound  
 
    Space and Stars  
 
    Sun  
 
    Tsunami  
 
    Volcanoes  
 
    Water Cycle  
 
    Water  
 
    Weather  
 



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