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The Fort on Fourth Street: A Story about the Six Simple Machines

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

    What is a machine? Most of us would immediately think of a cop

    What is a machine? Most of us would immediately think of a copy machine or heavy-duty factory machines or something like that. However, the six simple machines that Grandpa and his grandchild use to build a fort in the backyard on Fourth St. are a wheel and axle (wagon), wedge (saw), screw (wood screws), pulley (pulley with rope and basket), lever (crowbar), and incline plane (ramp). As the pair build the fort together from start to finish, can you guess the surprise ending that awaits the reader at the conclusion of the story?

    This fun, rhyming text, after the order of “This Is the House That Jack Built,” introduces young students to the scientific concepts behind the six basic machines that have been in use for hundreds of years as illustrated by everyday objects that children are familiar with. The “For Creative Minds” educational section contains more information on the “Simple Machines,” a “Match the Machines” activity, questions about “Measuring Tools,” and suggestions for “Hands On: Building a Fort.” More free activities are available online at the publisher’s website. One might wish that all science could be presented in this cleverly written way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    I highly recommend this book to all young readers. This book fi

    I highly recommend this book to all young readers.
    This book fills a crucial need that exists. In our country today.
    Needed are more books like this one that shows children how science is used
    in real life situations!  This book stands out even more because it is
    highlighting physics concepts - the six simple machines  -and how they
    can be practically used to create an enjoyable fort for the characters
    in the this story. This book can have a great impact on children! I also love the illustrations. Let's have more physical science books which show real life experiences like this one. Excellent job,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    What an excellent book that demonstrates physical science for ch

    What an excellent book that demonstrates physical science for children in a thoroughly enjoyable and easy to read story. The manner in which the author uses intergenerational relationships, easy to understand and practical information regarding physical science, and girls learning about and using simple machines to develop her story creates excitement and interest for the reader. The illustrations include family, friends, and pets all around the clearly detailed depicted use of simple machines. The clever use of cumulative rhyme makes the story fun to read for students of all abilities and also allows for quick retention of information. The "For Creative Minds" section at the end of the story will serve as an excellent reference book for simple machines. As a parent as well as an educator for more than 20 years, I highly recommend this book for the classroom and for a child's personal bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Parents and educators will love this cleverly written story!

    Parents and educators will love this cleverly written story!

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