Do you have that special person in your life who always takes that simplest task and makes it ten times more complicated than it needs to be? Well if so, they may be great at creating Rube Goldberg machines.
A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine that takes a simple process and makes it a multi-step process. Why? Because it is fun! Here are two great websites to introduce Rube Goldberg machines to your students.
Goldburger to Go is a PBS Kids activity that challenges students to move a hamburger from point A to point B. Students will have to learn via cause and effect to solve this Golberg puzzle.
Burglar Catcher is another Golberg type puzzle, but this one adds a nice layer of physics to the mix. Students have to adjust several simple machines to accomplish their goal.
After challenging students to solve these puzzles, enjoy the below music video featuring a very complex Rube Goldberg machine.
If you are looking for a way to prep students for a day of learning or just have 10-15 minutes to fill in your lesson plan, Wonderopolis is here for you!
Everyday a 'Wonder of the Day' is posted. It covers a variety of topics and features tons of content. Each wonder is explained through the use of videos, pictures, words, and even sound.Wonderopolis also features a short quiz for each wonder.
This website can be used individually by students, or as a tool for class discussion and exploration. Watch the video below to get an idea of what Wonderopolis is. Also, check out the embed Wonderopolis widget right under the video.
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