Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Survive the Great Earthquake Shake! Part 1 - Section 2: Explore


In a task like this, the benefit of teamwork is crucial. I felt it was important for my students to work in groups of three of four instead of partners.  I did have some students ask to work in partners instead of groups.  While, group work can be frustrating for some students, I also think it is a very valuable skill.  Group work can teach students the fundamental skills associated with working as a collective unit toward a common goal. This type of teamwork introduces a variety of skills that will be valuable for students later in the workforce, such as communication, compromise and collective effort. In any type of group work, students must agree about who will handle various components of a project and work in tandem using one another’s strengths to accomplish assigned tasks. This earthquake task also helped teach time management since students had a time limit.  

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Survive the Great Earthquake Shake! Part 1

Unit 4: Earth Changes
Lesson 14 of 18

Objective: SWBAT identify some of the factors that make buildings earthquake-proof and model an earthquake-proof structure using simple materials.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students work in groups to plan and build an earthquake proof structure using toothpicks and miniature marshmallows.

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Science, buildings, Earthquakes
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