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Prepare for a Construction Zone Field Trip

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Prepare for a Construction Zone Field Trip

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

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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