Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Engineering with the Three Little Pigs - Part 1 - Section 2: Explore


I did not anticipate the amount of difficulty this activity would present to my students.  They w ere so interested in the activity, and the "kid factor of fun", that they forgot all about the science of it.  When students create the glue and water mixture, they were not being precise or accurate. I know this will cause different results when we test the bricks in a future lesson. I will need to point out why the vast differences occurred and make this a teachable moment.  This lesson was a good reminder to me about having a balance between hands on and direct teaching approach is important. To do this again, I would pre make the mixture for the bricks. This is important when we test the bricks. 

  Precision is IMPORTANT
  Intrinsic Motivation: Precision is IMPORTANT
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Engineering with the Three Little Pigs - Part 1

Unit 4: Earth Changes
Lesson 6 of 18

Objective: SWBAT explain how engineers need to consider material properties of rocks, soils and minerals when creating something new.

Big Idea: In this hands on building lesson, students act as engineers who figure out which materials are best for buildings they create.

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Science, engineering, soil, rocks, minerals, building
  25 minutes
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