Insects pollinate many kinds of plants. What if the right insects aren’t around to do the work? As an agricultural engineer, what would you do? The storybook Mariana Becomes a Butterfly shows how one girl solves a pollination problem. Learning along with Mariana, students become agricultural engineers who have to solve a real-world challenge. They’ll apply their knowledge of insects, insect life cycles, pollination, and natural systems as they test a variety of materials, then engineer their own technologies for pollinating plants by hand.
Computer Science Unit:
Because much agricultural engineering work deals with understanding the intricate relationships between living systems and technologies, in the Computer Science unit, students learn about computer animations through activities, discussions, and readings designed to make the computer science concepts relevant for elementary students. Students use the Engineering Design Process to create an animation to communicate an idea about animals.
Engineering and Computer Science Essentials Unit
Core Program Components
- Teacher Guide
- Digital Storybook (Engineering)
- Digital Storybook Epilogue (Computer Science)
- Classroom Resource Pack
- Materials Kits
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 computer science as creative problem solvers.
Within the Teacher Guide, built-in vocabulary support, suggestions for creating context and background; options for different learning styles; and multiple ways for learners to express understanding all come together to improve access to engineering and computer science. The Classroom Resource Pack (available separately) includes support materials from the Teacher’s Guide in a convenient classroom package.
|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.
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