Reflection: Lesson Planning The Weather House - Design and Construction - Section 1: The Constraints - Defining the Task Requirements


It's important that I remain open to constantly revising my lessons.  In my original list of requirements, I also told students that they had a dual objective:  make their house strong enough to endure our extreme weather conditions AND make their house aesthetically pleasing.  Next time I teach this lesson, I will remove that second objective.  My thought had been that they grapple with the duality of function and form, but it was too much.  In making their house pretty they took their focus off thinking about the extreme weather.  So that is a change I would make for next time.

  Changing the Requirements
  Lesson Planning: Changing the Requirements
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The Weather House - Design and Construction

Unit 1: Introduction to 3rd Grade Science
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT solve a simple design problem by building a miniature house with a constrained set of materials which will withstand a particular season’s weather.

Big Idea: Students will enjoy creating a miniature house that can survive severe weather!

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Science, Community Building, Science Skills, design process, problem solving, start of year 3rd grade, cooperative learning
  60 minutes
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