As Holmes third grade teacher Ms. Turi told us, “For the past 3 years, I have included a writing component to the students’ final project of creating and building an original simple machine. I am always trying to incorporate writing in all subject areas and this persuasive piece is always of great interest to the students.The students wrote ideas on a graphic organizer and drew sketches of a (compound) simple machine in groups. The persuasive writing piece had to include how their simple machine makes work easier and a description.The students worked well together and when they tested their simple machine, they had to include an oral explanation. It was FUN!!”

Make sure to check out our photos of the teams, their inventions, and the descriptions taken by Gretchen Junker.