Wood, stone, metal, plastic . . . if you want to build something, materials matter! Different materials have different properties: they may be more useful for one purpose and less useful for another. Explore earth materials—including clay, sand, and soil—as they’re used in mortar to build a stone wall and how they can be used to solve problems. The storybook Yi Min’s Great Wall sets the scene; Yi Min uses her knowledge of earth materials to design a rabbit-proof wall to protect the school vegetable garden. Drawing on their knowledge of the properties of earth materials, students will learn to think like a materials engineer and plan, build, test, and improve walls of their own.
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|
|Student Discussion Support||*||*||*|
|Teacher Discussion Support||*||*||*|
|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.
Create a STEM mindset. Implement engineering with fidelity. Partner with EiE to create a culture of STEM and problem solving and you learn best practices for teaching STEM and share knowledge through Team Professional Days, EiE training courses and Teacher-in- Residence programs. Explore our professional development programs and start with STEM.
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.
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