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> From: Robert Nickelson
> Sent: Friday, February 13, 1998 12:03 AM
> To: Louise; artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: art & science
> Lousie wrote the following:
> I have been teaching a lesson on simple machines to 2ond graders.
> First we are mechanics. We talk about wheel and axles, pulleys, etc.
> Then we tear apart broken machines that I have collected all
> year...safety glasses of course! (Cut off all electric cords first)
> We look for the simple machines within the appliance and put in
> categories. The next week we are inventors...on PAPER. Using the
> things we saw from the mechanic part of the lesson, we think of time
> or labor saving devices and DRAW those inventions.
> How about inventing machines that are very complicated and involved
> (small animals might even be a source of power) to do very simple --
> everyday things like opening or closing a door turning on or off a
> Then have the students get into groups and create the real proto-type
> There was a cartoonist who drew such inventions... It is lot of fun.
> Robert Nickelson
> Payson Middle School
> 851 West 450 South
> Payson, Utah 84651
> (801) 465-6040