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Background For Teachers:
Student Prior Knowledge:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will use nonfiction information to solve an “imaginary” problem as if they were the character.
Lesson 1: (15 minutes) whole group
Read Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
Teacher charts the main event story line using ask, answer, and record.
What did Goldilocks do wrong? How could Goldilocks rebuild her reputation by rebuilding something? Can she un-eat the porridge? Can she un-sleep in the bed? Can she repair the chair or build another?
Lesson 2 Whole group and then pairs (15 minutes)
Design Challenge: Make a chair that will support a “baby bear” made out of a full juice box.
Assign pairs with ONLY TWO jobs:
Regroup into whole class to watch the video “How to Build a Chair for Kids” listed in the Materials section while charting a list titled What does the builder do that results in a strong chair?
Discuss how the materials in the build bag can be put together to result in a strong chair?
Lesson 3 Whole groups and pairs (30 minutes)
Build / Test / Improve and Closing Discussion
Students work with previously assigned pairs to build, test and improve their chairs.
Processing Discussion: How did you use the Engineering Design Process?
Teacher example, Think, Pair, Share
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
2nd Grade: Have them draw/plan the design for their chair, create then improve.
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