Simple Machines

Deborah Hodge
Ray Boudreau

Thirteen experiments about the six simple machines --- the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw --- teach kids about basic science. Full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions clearly explain each activity, so that kids can make the most of the machines with minimal help from adults.

Part of the Starting with Science series, Simple Machines encourages children to have fun as they learn basic science and fills a need for primary-level science resources.

978-1-55074-399-9 | Jan 1, 1998
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $8.99
4-color 8 1/4 x 9 1/4 32 pages
Grades: K To 4 / Ages: 5 to 9

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Awards & Reviews

“(Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) offer simple science activities in an appealing format.”
— Booklist, April 1998
“Until now, there haven't been many good books of experiments for young children that deal with basic scientific principles and include projects that are not only fun, but easy to understand and replicate. Kids Can Press has answered the call with (Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) ... For a classroom, a child's party or simply a curious budding scientist, Starting with Science is a series that will provide just the needed direction for hours of enjoyable learning.”
— ForeWord, April 2000
“Using primary background colors and attractive, enthusiastic children as models, the format of this series is spacious and packs visual punch.”
— School Library Journal, July 1998
“Deborah Hodge has written a practical, useful, and exciting resource for parents and primary-school teachers ... The photographs are eye catching and colorful and emphasize ethnic and gender diversity in learning and doing science.”
— Science Books and Film, July 1998
1998 - A Parents' Choice Approved, Winner
1998 - Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award, Winner

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