Unit Overview

In A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls, students discover and discuss the connections between the properties of earth materials such as clay, soil, and sand and their uses in engineering. The unit begins with the storybook Yi Min’s Great Wall, in which a girl named Yi Min living in China explores the field of Materials Engineering in order to build a wall to protect her garden from a hungry rabbit. Over the course of the unit, students observe and describe properties of earth materials both wet and dry, predict which materials will make the strongest mortar, and test their predictions. Like Yi Min, students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve their own walls.

Core Program Unit Components

We recommend one Educator Guide per teacher, one Storybook per student, and one Materials Kit per 30 learners. Together, these components create a high-quality, hands-on STEM learning experience.

Educator Guide Print + Digital
Storybook
Materials Kit

 

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Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
Designing Walls Educator Guide Print + Digital
$69.00
Yi Min's Great Wall Storybook
$5.00
Designing Walls Materials Kit
$499.00
Designing Walls Refill Kit
$299.00
Designing Walls - Red Slate
$59.00

Program Components

 

Print + Digital:

  • Printed copy of the Educator Guide containing instructions to facilitate the unit
  • One (1) copy of the printed accompanying Storybook 
  • Digital access to the Educator Guide via learn.eie.org
  • Digital PDF of the Storybook 

Note: Digital Access is granted on a per-user basis and is non-transferable.

Additional Program Components  

  • Storybook
    • Available in print and digital for individual purchase to accommodate any class size
  • Materials Kit
    • Includes materials to support 30 learners
  • Refill Kit
    • Replenishes the consumable items from the Materials Kit 

 

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. They contain 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
Student Discussion Support * * *
Teacher Discussion Support * * *
English Learner Strategies * * *
Differentiation Duplication Masters * * *
Flip book StorybookEnglish and Spanish1   * *
Character Cards1   * *
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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