Jan 05 2012
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Source: Tess
Summary Information


bridges, measurement, STEM, construction, budget, structure


Physical Science

Workplace Skills: 

Raising Questions
Problem Solving
Investigation Design
Use of Data

Estimated Time Required:

1-2 hours

Target Grade (Ages):

Grade 5 (Ages 10-11)
Grade 6 (Ages 11-12)
Grade 7 (Ages 12-13)

Diversity Indicators:

All students in grades 3-7.

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Lesson Modification

erkoch27's picture

I focused less on the money and the "scale" aspect of this lesson and more on the forces and types of bridges. My formative assessment was the students' notes on a reading about the different bridges (linked in lesson above), and then their sketch and plan as a group. Once shared with me (through a conference), and approved, then they built the bridge and tested it in class. Students then observed their results, and created a powerpoint (based on student project template in resources) to explain their understanding of how bridges work.

 El tema es excelente y los

Gabriela González Amezcua 1's picture
 El tema es excelente y los materiales para construirlos son adecuados. Considero que los temas de tipos de puentes, la parte histórica o lo que se desea que los niños comprendan, estudien o conozcan, no son propios para las edades de 3 a 7 años. Es complejo que puedan comprender el tema de presupuesto y más si es en dólares. O bajaría la dificultad o lo propondría para grados mayores.