Author:
Carrie Robledo
Subject:
English Language Arts, STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
Preschool, Lower Primary
Tags:
  • K-5 Design Thinking
  • K-5 Engineering
  • STEM
  • k-5-design-thinking
  • k-5-engineering
  • k5engineers
  • stem
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    K: Little Red Riding Hood Basket

    K:   Little Red Riding Hood Basket

    Overview

    After reading Little Red Riding Hood, students will engineer a basket that will hold 50 unifix cubes while walking 100 steps without breaking.

     

    Instructor Directions

    Kindergarten:  

    Little Red Riding Hood Basket

    Driving Question / ScenarioAfter reading Little Red Riding Hood, can you create a basket that will carry all of Grandma’s supplies for her?
    Project SummaryStudents construct a basket that will hold 50 unifix cubes while walking 100 steps without breaking
    Estimated Time45 min
    Materials / Resources2 sheets of PaperTapeUnifix Cubes
    StandardsRL.K.9 With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
    Project Outline
    AskHow can you build a strong enough basket out of paper that will hold all of grandma’s supplies?It must hold up to 50 Unifix cubes and you must be able to walk 100 steps before it breaks. Your basket MUST have a handle.
    ImagineConsider the materials available and how they could be utilized to complete this task.
    PlanSketch and discuss with partner or group.
    CreateBuild and test your plan.
    ImproveConsider what worked well, can  you  make any changes so you could get even more spiders on the bridge at one time?
    Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents share their creations and as well as successes and failures throughout the time period.  
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsPopsicle sticks, blocks, paper, pennies, can be used if unifix cubes are not available

     


    Extensions

    Art Basket Weaving

    Knitting