Lesson 1: Design a Ferris Wheel

Children recap how wheels work, evaluate existing big wheels and create a design for their own fairground wheel

Learning Objectives

  • Knowing how axles help wheels to move a vehicle

  • Evaluating different designs

  • Designing and label a working wheel

Resources

Presentation: Ferris Wheel Images
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Sample Letter Document
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Presentation: Wheels and Axles Images
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Activity: Wheel Design Sheet
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Activity: Label a Wheel
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Extension activity 1: Ferris Wheel Inspiration Board
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Extension activity 2: Ferris Wheel Inspiration Board
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Teacher Video: Design a ferris wheel

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Tom Turnham,  
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