Using Levers

Age Range: 7 - 11
By: Sandra Lloyd-Jones

Give children corrugated card levers and split pins and ask them to design a scissor mechanism to represent 'something which rises or jumps'. I used this originally to link with our Year 3 language project based on 'George's Marvellous Medicine' to represent Grandma rising in her chair. Later I gave an open brief to a year 4 class, and they came up with some very inventive ideas, including this example of a girl on a trampoline.

Using Levers

The lesson is really effective for assessing who can assemble mechanisms and children really can show you what they are made of in terms of design capability and artistic flair.

The levers themselves can be decorated with art work or language to link with any project.

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Alveykids

Great idea to foster creativity.  Ended up with primary students designing frogs leaping off lily pads, prairie dogs popping out of holes, a pair of hands attached to the ends turned sideways and clapping, etc. Now they have extended by designing all sorts of original and complex multiple motion lever and linkage mechanisms and are writing stories to accompany them. I can't get them to stop!  Thanks.  We have a field trip to the upcoming local university's engineering open house.

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Lisa

Hello, brilliant idea. I am teaching 4 lessons on creating levers in 2 weeks time and I am really struggling. Do you have a lesson plan to accompany this please? Or a medium term plan I could have a look at please?

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