Students in room 9 read the story 21 Elephants and Still standing by April Jones Prince this week. We have been working on the Design Thinking process and how we can apply the steps into designing and creating.
As a class, we defined the problem in the story; how many elephants can cross a bridge? We started to think about parts of a bridge, types of bridges and materials used. Our next step in the design process is to ideate as many ideas as possible to be able carry plans forward.
Our thinking homework is to begin to brain storm bridge design and choosing appropriate materials to help construct a prototype.
We ask students to gather materials to help build our bridges:
-straws of various sizes
-toothpicks and scewers
-empty clean plastic bottles and caps
-empty clean food containers
The grade 1/2 class was very fortunate to have a special guest come in to share his occupation. Randy Scott, a local mechanic at A-1 Transmission brought in his special tools to for students to look, touch and ask questions.
Randy shared that he uses the tools to help him fix parts of the vehicle that comes into his shop and needs to be fixed. Students learned about various wrenches, how to use a measuring tape, a way to listen to any tapping or clicking noise in an engine, different types of screwdrivers and pliers, and what uniform a mechanic would need to wear in order to protect him/herself.
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.