Prepare for a Construction Zone Field Trip

Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
Activity link broken? See if it's at the internet archive
In this activity, learners explore work, forces, simple machines, and construction. This lesson guide includes simple ways to demonstrate these principles as well as hands-on activities. For example, learners work together to make a bridge out of everyday objects and test its strength. This experience can prepare learners for a science field trip to the Construction Zone (exhibit) at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, but a field trip is not necessary. This activity is featured on pp.30-31 (part of a lesson that begins on page 29) of the "ScienceWorks" K-2 unit of study.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Books about simple machines and structures, such as Bridges and Tunnels by Chris Oxlade
  • Examples of simple machines, such as scissors, pliers, claw hammer and pulleys
  • Chair
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Books
  • Art boxes
  • Science Journals (page 52)
  • Various objects
  • Tape (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Literature
  • Model Building
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 2007