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Lessons (91)

Lessons (91)

2nd Grade Science

(7 Units, 91 Lessons)

Unit 5 - Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process(16 Lessons)

The Wonderful Towers of Watts--Building Background Knowledge

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:The students will learn about a famous beautiful tower, which helps to build their background knowledge of towers and structures. They will also learn that a newspaper article contains important information.

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23 Resources

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Writing a Newspaper Article About Watts Towers

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:People such as scientists and engineers share their ideas through media, and so can we!

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28 Resources

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Dream Something Big--Building Background Knowledge

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:The children will be building background knowledge for building their own tower later in the unit by comparing and contrasting two versions of the same event. They will also learn that people build towers using design principles.

23 Resources

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23 Resources

11 Favorites

Thousands of Tiny Pieces Can Create Something BIG!

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:Simon Rodia built the Watts Towers by gathering fragments of "junk" he found in the neighborhood. He put all of these small pieces together to build a spectacular tower. Something BIG can be created from lots of smaller pieces.

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26 Resources

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We Can Create From Tiny Pieces, Too!

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:The students will have a blast making their own Watts Tower from tiny pieces of "junk" to explore the idea of a great variety of things can be made from a set of small pieces.

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19 Resources

15 Favorites

The Mighty, Mighty Triangle

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:Structures need strength and stability. Wide bases, such as a triangle, add stability.

30 Resources

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30 Resources

5 Favorites

The Power of Triangles

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:Who is the strongest of them all? The students will investigate both the square and the triangle to discover the answer to the question.

21 Resources

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21 Resources

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Structure Influences Strength and Stability

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:Students will have the opportunity to tie the ideas learned in this unit about structures together. They will also learn that structures that are strong and stable share common characteristics.

37 Resources

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37 Resources

9 Favorites

Goody Goody Gumdrop! Triangles are so strong!

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:We can prove that a triangle is stronger than a square using evidence.

30 Resources

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30 Resources

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Goody Goody Gumdrop! Building Structures are Fun!

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:We can use triangles to make a gumdrop structure strong and stable.

30 Resources

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30 Resources

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Build a Paper Tower Challenge (Part 1) Defining, Researching and Getting the Specs

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:Engineering can be so much fun! We can follow the engineer design process to build a tower by defining the problem, researching and getting the specs.

36 Resources

14 Favorites

36 Resources

14 Favorites

Build a Paper Tower Challenge (Part 2) Brainstorming and Developing Our Plans

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:In order to solve a problem, we can brainstorm, then choose our best plan and work with a team to develop that plan.

35 Resources

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35 Resources

8 Favorites

Build a Paper Tower Challenge (Part 3) Building and Measuring Our Towers

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:We can build a tower from plans that we have developed. Once built, we can measure the structure to see if it meets the specifications.

35 Resources

7 Favorites

35 Resources

7 Favorites

Build A Paper Tower Challenge (Part 4)--Testing our Towers

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:We can test our tower to find out its strengths and weaknesses so we can then improve on our design.

25 Resources

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25 Resources

6 Favorites

Build a Paper Tower Challenge--(Part 5)--Improving Our Tower Designs

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:We can make improvements on our tower designs by looking at the strengths and weaknesses in our testing and then analyze the results.

33 Resources

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33 Resources

5 Favorites

Sharing Our Ideas Through Media

2nd Grade Science

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Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:Engineers share their ideas and so do we! The children will create a cartoon-like character and a voice-recording of the steps they took to design their tower!

21 Resources

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21 Resources

2 Favorites