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Using inquiry and problem-solving approaches, these learning experiences build upon students’ interests, support curricula, literacy and numeracy, and foster children’s skill development.

Design And Build

Design & Build a Dam

Students will work collaboratively to design and build a dam that holds back a given volume of water for a certain time.

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Learning Strategies

Sorting Mats

Sorting Mats support students as they develop skills such as sorting, classifying, and organizing data, information and/or objects. There are a variety of different ways that students can organize sort, classifying and/or organize, such as using bins/baskets, table mats or hoops, T-charts and Venn diagrams.

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Learning Strategies

Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal provides students with a basic framework in which to record their Inquiries. Students record their wonderings/questions, their predictions, the steps in their inquiry, and their observations and conclusions.

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Skill Look-fors

Reflecting

Reflecting is a process whereby students use critical thinking skills to look back on a learning experience in terms of things that went well and areas where there may be room for growth/change.

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Skill Look-fors

Prototyping

A prototype is a working model that is used to test a design solution and is typically what is built or created during a student “Design & Build” challenge.

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Skill Look-fors

Design Planning

A design plan lays out ways in which students will develop and test the agreed-upon solution to a Design & Build challenge.

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Skill Look-fors

Idea Generation

When searching for a solution to a design problem in the Design & Build process , many different ideas should be considered. Students may generate ideas to solve problems independently as well as in small and large groups.

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Inquiry

It’s All in the Shape

Students develop and apply the skills of observing, comparing and contrasting and drawing conclusions they learn about the strength of different shapes used in structures.

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Skill Look-fors

Problem Identification

The first step in the Design & Build process is the identification of the key problem to be solved or need to be addressed.

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Learning Strategies

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a learning strategy that encourages students to contribute to the free flow of ideas in small or large groups using a structured process.

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Learning Strategies

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is an approach to learning and teaching in which a group of students work together to achieve a common goal (e.g., to solve a problem, meet a challenge, answer a question, share learning).

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Learning Strategies

Group Talk

Group Talk is a learning strategy that assists students in learning how to share their ideas and questions as well as to listen to the ideas and questions of others.

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Inquiry

Objects That Bounce

Students develop and apply the skills of comparing and contrasting, observing and predicting as they investigate the properties of familiar objects and materials.

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Inquiry

How do Objects Look from Different Angles?

Students develop and apply the skills of observing, predicting and spatial reasoning to explore the position of objects.

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Inquiry

Sound Travels

Students develop and apply the skills of comparing and contrasting, observing and predicting as they explore how sound travels.

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