Friday, 22 June 2018

Building With Fairy Tales

We had a blast this week! Inspired by fairy tales, we tackled several building challenges in Science!

We are exploring the following learning outcomes:

  • I can choose appropriate building materials
  • I can describe the job of each part of an object I made
  • When I look at 2 things, I can describe what is the same and what is different

3 Little Pigs: House

First up, the 3 Little Pigs! We read the fairy tale and then reviewed the parts of a story. 

Then, just like the pigs, we built with "straw" (paper shreds), ...

"sticks" (wood blocks), ...

... and "bricks" (Lego)!

We learned so much about choosing the best materials for the job!

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears: Chair

Next up, we enjoyed Goldilocks and the 3 Bears!

Our challenge was to create a chair for baby bear! The criteria? The chair must have 4 legs and a bear figurine must fit in it. 


3 Billy Goats Gruff: Bridge

We enjoyed the story of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff, especially that nasty troll!

Then came our building challenge: build a bridge that can hold a billy goat! As I pulled out plasticine and popsicle sticks, one student raised his hand and asked, "Mrs. Beliveau, do you think we could build our bridges out of Lego instead, because Lego is sturdier!". Great reasoning! So ... change of plans! 

In partners, we built Lego bridges that could hold a goat!

Then we used our mini-puppets to retell the story!

Next week we will be building a boat for Captain Hook and a toy with moving parts, like Pinocchio!

Fairy Tale STEM Activities for Primary Grades from Dancing Into First

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