Simple Machines Physics Lesson Plans & Printable | Updated

Several years ago I wrote a set of Physics based lesson plans for middle school students based on a course I built for my son (at the time he was 10 – he’s now 18 and about to graduate!) – if you’d like to wander down memory lane you can read that post here. Then, three years ago, I updated the lesson plans to use with my second son. And now, I’ve updated the plans again – to reflect the current chapter breakdown in David Macauley’s updated book, The Way Things Work Now.

You can find the updated post with all of the links and resources to use with the lesson plans here:

Simple Machines With Fantastic Physics | Lesson Plans & Printables

You can download the updated lesson plans directly from that post, or you can grab them right here:



I hope you find these lesson plans useful – I know many of you are starting to consider the upcoming year! The plans are completely free for you to use with your family!

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  1. Good Morning,
    Thank you so much for sharing these plans. They are exactly what I was trying to figure out how to do with my son next year- a hands on, gentle science before he starts the more rigorous high school path. He is 12 this year and I would love to do this with him. Is it ok if I use these plans as a jumping off point to do this physics overview at our local co-op?
    Again, thank you for all your words of wisdom you share here. You have been a blessing for me and my homeschool over the past many years.

    1. I’m so glad these plans will be a help! We’ve enjoyed them for so many years! Thank you SO much for asking about using this with your co-op! You absolutely may use this (adapted or as written) as long as it is offered freely. You have my permission to make as many copies as you need for your co-op. Enjoy!

  2. I tried to reply to your response, no luck!
    Thank you, we have a small-ish Catholic co-op and I think this will be lovely with the batch of 11 – 13 yo batch of children we have next year.
    Thank you again

  3. I understand that you built the lesson plan around this book but do you read the book to the kids/have them read as part of the lesson? Also, I saw your recommendation for Minimum age: a science driven 5th grader, but my science driven 2nd grader asks these questions daily!! Do you believe the lessons can be simplified to capture my younger audience?

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