Simple Machines

Grades 4–6

Program Explanation and Notes (pdf)  |  Key Terms & Concepts (pdf)


Whaleships and fishing vessels played an essential role in New Bedford’s economy throughout the nineteenth century. This program provides students with an opportunity to compare and contrast their lives with the living conditions and perils endured by whalers, as well as the tools used by those who made their living working on the water.

Learning standards will be met, as students:

  • Identify simple and compound machines used onboard a whaleship
  • Understand the importance of maritime industries
  • Interpret maps and charts of New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay