5th grade is beginning a new science unit, the FOSS Pulleys Module. We will be studying basic concepts in mechanics, a very important subject for fields that involve engineering and design. We will be investigating the benefits of pulleys, one of the six simple machines, finding out how it provides advantages to people, and how it is used in the real world.
A single pulley helps you move something up or down. However, the job is easier if you add another pulley or change the direction of the pull. No doubt your child will be an expert on this shortly.
The activities described on them suggest ways you and your child can extend the inquiry into your home, neighborhood, and community. Simple machines are used all around your home and neighborhood. There are pulleys hiding in elevators and fishing poles.
Your discoveries may start some family discussions about other simple machines around you.
We’re looking forward to weeks of fun with forces and simple machines!