Global real-world challenges. Relevant, green engineering solutions. In this unit, help students become problem solvers who think like green engineers. In Botswana, where firewood for cooking fuel is in short supply, people are turning to solar-powered cookers as an alternative. The storybook Lerato Cooks Up a Plan introduces the idea of using the sun as a renewable energy source and sets a framework for this unit’s activities. Students explore the concepts of thermal insulators and thermal conductors, then they test different materials to find the best insulators. As part of solving a problem using the engineering design process, they consider the life cycle and environmental impacts of each insulator, design and test their solar ovens and then do some solar cooking!
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.
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