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Grade 1: Science Class Simple Machines

When asked their favorite part of the day, almost every first grade student will tell you that it’s recess. So, of course, when Grade 1 got to talk about recess in science class - it was all smiles! 

During class with Cassie DiSanto, the students learned about simple machines, such as levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, screws, inclined planes, and wedges. With this knowledge, the first graders were given the task of incorporating these gadgets into the creation of a playground structure. After working together to construct their designs, the first graders excitedly gathered to share their playgrounds and identify the simple machines that each group had cleverly included. Everyone agreed that Graland should add a zip-line to their playground structure someday.

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.