In A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape, students explore landforms and erosion in the context of geotechnical engineering. The unit begins with the storybook Suman Crosses the Karnali River, in which a boy named Suman living in Nepal explores the field of Geotechnical Engineering in order to convince his father to build a TarPul suspension bridge in the best possible location. Over the course of the unit students build model earthquake-proof structures, analyze soil types, and use evidence to argue for their plan. Like Suman, students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve their own model TarPul and to propose where to place it.
Core Program Unit Components
Bring equity and excellence to your classroom. Engineering is Elementary, 2nd edition core program components, plus ten Resources for Diverse Learners (RDL), broaden access to engineering for English learners and students with special needs.
Ten Resources for Diverse Learners
As a set of high impact resources, the Resources for Diverse Learners are designed to help remove distractions and decrease literacy demands so that all students can succeed in engineering and problem solving. Built-in vocabulary support, suggestions for objects to create context and background; multiple points of entry for different learning styles; and multiple ways for learners to express understanding meet the needs of today’s diverse classroom.
|Resource for Diverse Learners||Included in the Teacher Guide||Packaged with the Teacher Guide||Included in Digital Unit|
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|English Learner Strategies||*||*||*|
|Differentiation Duplication Masters||*||*||*|
|Flip book StorybookEnglish and Spanish1||*||*|
|Visual Vocabulary Cards1||*||*|
|Illustrated Engineering Design Poster - English||8.5x11in. included
(available for sale in 20x30 in.)
|Illustrated Engineering Design Poster - Spanish||8.5x11in. included
(available for sale in 20x30 in.)
|Materials Reference Sheet1||*||*|
|Alternative Lesson Progression||*|
1 Spanish version available in the Digital Unit only.
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The Digital Unit provides online access to the Educator Guide and a variety of Resources for Diverse Learners to help educators prep anytime; access and easily download duplication masters, and project the duplication masters to the classroom. The Digital Unit is available with your purchase of Engineering is Elementary, 2nd Edition. Contact your sales representative for renewal information and for access for multiple teachers.
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