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Simple Machines (Song and lyrics)

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Published on Feb 1, 2011

Another SOL song covering material from the 3rd grade Virginia Science SOL. This one is about simple machines. It's a little more didactic than I prefer, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to give a basic overview of the simple machines and what they do, along with a chorus that lists them all repeatedly. I toyed with adding a bridge about compound machines, but that will just have to wait for another song.

I gave a little more care to this recording (I recorded several tracks more than once, and even added a bass!) I hope you enjoy it.

This is also an audience participation song... after "a screw is like a screw" everyone has to shout "DUH!" as loud as they can... try it now... no louder! Well, okay, just wait for the right part of the song...

Lyrics:

Simple machines make work easier to do
Use a wedge or a lever or a pulley or a screw;
A wheel and axle or an inclined plane.
They're all simple machines, oh simple machines.

A wedge starts wide, but is pointed at the end
A lever's like the seesaw that you ride on with a friend
A pulley is a wheel with a rope that goes around
Wherever there is work to do, you know what will be found...

Simple machines make work easier to do
Use a wedge or a lever or a pulley or a screw;
A wheel and axle or an inclined plane.
They're all simple machines, oh simple machines.

An inclined plane helps you move things up and down
A wheel and axle helps things move or turn around
A screw is like a screw (duh!) or the lid of a jar
Without simple machines, we couldn't get too far...

Simple machines make work easier to do
Use a wedge or a lever or a pulley or a screw;
A wheel and axle or an inclined plane.
They're all simple machines, oh simple machines.

Simple machines make work easier to do
Use a wedge or a lever or a pulley or a screw;
A wheel and axle or an inclined plane.
They're all simple machines, oh simple machines.

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