Our learners are always up for a good challenge. Yesterday, we asked students to partner up and pick one challenge. Challenge one was to create something to hold the baby. Challenge two was to create the tallest structure. The materials provided were cardboard, tape, straws, glue, Popsicle sticks and and pipecleaners.
The students took on the challenges and worked very hard yesterday afternoon. They tested their creations and resdesigned when necessary. Not one student gave up. Some children taped the doll to the cardboard, others created chairs without legs and some worked hard on trying to get their structure to balance.
The students demonstrated their thinking about glue and tape. They debated which one to use and why. They discussed angles of the back of the chair. They debated over designs and they tried their best. We have a class of students who take on challenges and test and redesign and retest their objects. We were very proud of the learning the students demonstrated.
What challenges will give provide for your child over the summer?
Some suggestions for summer building; boat building, insect houses, something to hold water, the widest structure, or the tallest structure. Have fun creating!