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

    Education Standards

    K: Jack and the Beanstalk

    K:   Jack and the Beanstalk


    Students build a parachute that can travel quickly and safely to the ground.

    Instructor Directions


    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Driving Question / ScenarioCreate a parachute for Jack so he can escape the beanstalk
    Project SummaryStudents build a parachute that can travel quickly and safely to the ground.  
    Estimated Time1 hour
    Materials / ResourcesCoffee FilterPipe CleanersStringLego Person
    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 parachute that will travel quickly to the ground. You can only use only a filter, string, pipe cleaners, and your lego guy.
    ImagineConsider the materials available and how they could be utilized to complete this task.
    PlanSketch and discuss with partner or group.
    CreateTest your plan and create your plan in 20 minutes.Then, we will test them out outside!
    ImproveHow can you make it better? What worked?
    Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents share their creations and as well as successes and failures throughout the time period.  
    Possible Modifications / Extensions