Author:
Carrie Robledo
Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
3
Tags:
  • k5engineers
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    3rd Grade: Sphero Landforms

    3rd Grade: Sphero Landforms

    Overview

    Students will use engineering materials to create a topographic map then program Sphero to be a tour guide through the map.

    Instructor directions

    3:  Sphero Landforms

    Driving Question / ScenarioHow can you turn your Sphero into a tour guide that will guide you through different landforms that you create?
    Project SummaryStudents will use engineering materials to create a topographic map then program Sphero to be a tour guide through the map.
    Estimated Time2 hours or 2 class periods
    Materials / ResourcesModeling clayConstruction paperPoster paper or bulletin board paperPlastic cupsPopsicle sticksMarkersSpheroChromebook or iPad Air or newer
    Standards3.E.2.1:  Compare Earth’s saltwater and freshwater features (including oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and glaciers).3.E.2.2:  Compare Earth’s land features (including volcanoes, mountains, valleys, canyons, caverns, and islands) by using models, pictures, diagrams, and maps.
    Project Outline
    AskHow can you turn your Sphero into a tour guide that will guide you through different landforms that you create?
    ImagineImagine you are creating a new country with a variety of landforms. You want your country to be unique and include as many landforms as possible.
    PlanStudents create a map of their country on notebook paper including labels for each landform. Be sure that each student can identify the attributes of each landform that they include in their map. Students should also include a path for the Sphero that passes by each landform.
    CreateUsing the engineering materials provided, students create the map of their country. Once their map is completed, students need to use their Chromebooks or iPads to create a program that leads their Sphero through their map.
    ImproveStudents will need to test the program they’ve created and make improvements so that their Sphero stops at each landmark and gives an explanation of its features.
    Closure / Student ReflectionsEach group of students can present their country and Sphero tour guide to the class.
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsStudents can use a Dash robot instead of a Sphero. Students can also create their countries using Google Drawings.

     

    Sample Pictures / Video