Author:
Carrie Robledo, Lisa McCurdy
Subject:
English Language Arts, Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Primary
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  • 4th Grade
  • ELA
  • NCEngineers
  • Social Studies
  • Stem
  • k5engineers
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    Language:
    English

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    Piracy In North Carolina: Classroom Museum

    Piracy In North Carolina: Classroom Museum

    Overview

    Students will work or in learning teams to design and build a cardboard ship bow using Makedo tools to transform their desk or a copy paper box into a pirate ship for the classroom museum. Students will research historic North Carolina pirates including Blackbeard using multiple print and digital texts to prepare a written entry for their exhibit.

    Family and other classes will be invited to view the museum.  

    Students will share their experience with the Design and Engineering Process through class discussion and by publishing a digital record of the DEP on Seesaw.

    Instructor Directions

     

     

    Piracy in North Carolina: Classroom  Museum

    Submitted by Lisa McCurdy

    Orange County Schools

     

    Driving Question / ScenarioHow can we create a Flotilla, pirate museum to share the fascinating history of North Carolina’s pirate culture with others?
    Project SummaryPiracy in North Carolina, classroom museumStudents will work or in learning teams to design and build a cardboard ship bow using Makedo tools to transform their desk or a copy paper box into a pirate ship for the classroom museum. Students will research historic North Carolina pirates including Blackbeard using multiple print and digital texts to prepare a written entry for their exhibit.Family and other classes will be invited to view the museum.  Students will share their experience with the Design and Engineering Process through class discussion and by publishing a digital record of the DEP on Seesaw.
    Estimated Time5 class periods
    Materials / ResourcesMakedo cardboard construction tool setsCardboard, poster board, paperKlever Kutter, scissorsPaint, markers, glueDuct tape and masking tape in limited supplyFabric, twine, sticks (flags)Copy paper boxes optional Pirate Ship Designs Pirate Ship Design PDFEpic Pirate Library PDFEpic Library Pirate CollectionDesign and Engineering Process SeesawModified Seesaw Design and Engineering Process Digital and print research materialsFree Digital resourcesEPIC video buccaneershttp://www.thewayofthepirates.com/https://www.outerbanks.com/blackbeard.htmlhttps://www.oldbaldy.org/historyhttps://kids.kiddle.co/BlackbeardOptional  digital resourcesRAZkids paid subscription digital reading platformBlackbeard the Pirate   multi level text levels H, K, NPirates and Privateers multi level text X & W, also available in multiple languages: English, Spanish, British English, Polish and UkrainianBlackbeard’s Doom, graphic novelTommy and the Pirates  text level N available in English, Spanish and FrenchOptional Print resourcesPirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter Who Was Blackbeard?Pirates of the Carolinas for kids
    Grade4th
    Subject(s)Social studies, reading and writing
    Educational StandardsW.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. a. Organize information and ideas around a topic to plan and prepare to write. b. Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting, illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. c. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic. d. Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases. e. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. 4.G.1.4 Explain the impact of technology (communication, transportation, inventions, etc.) on North Carolina’s citizens, past and present.  ( fastest ships could survive/ dominate waters/trade routes)4.C&G.1.3 Explain the influence of the colonial history of North Carolina on the governing documents of our state.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.RI.4.6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.Jake Carpenter and Who Was BlackbeardRI.4.10 By the end of grade 4, read and understand informational texts within the 4-5 text complexity band proficiently and independently for sustained periods of time. Connect prior knowledge and experiences to text.
    Classifying ObjectiveStudents will conduct research using print and digital tools to learn the fascinating history of piracy in North Carolina.  Students will use the Design and Engineering process to design and create a cardboard  flotilla museum exhibit to showcase what they have learned.
    Project Outline
    AskWhat facts about notorious North Carolina pirates do we want to share with our museum guests?How can we engage museum guests to learn these facts?How can we successfully transform our desk/ boxes into a pirate ship using the tools and resources provided?Which pirate ship design will we use to design out models?
    ImagineUsing a box we can create the hull of the ship bow to stern.Using our desks we can create the bow: front portion of the hullNote: We need to be able to use our desk throughout the week, so we cannot enclose it within the model. Which exhibit type will we build? Desk or box?What do we want our exhibit to look like? (Sketch and share ideas)Will we include a mast and flag? Will additional materials be needed?  Will our model be a  specific vessel ex Queen Anne’s Revenge?
    PlanWhich pirate ship design will we use to design out models?What roles will group members play in creating the design, model, writing the statement, decorating  outside of the ship and possible flag?Students study ship design and draw a design for their exhibit.Students plan how large their ship prow will be and how it will attach to the desk or box. Approximate measurements and labels would be added to the design.Students select materials and investigate how the cardboard can be bent, cut and shaped to create their designs.Students will collaborate on how to use the Makedo tools to attach design elements of their model and how to attach the model to their desk or box.
    CreateStudents use materials provided and tools and build prototypes of a ship model.Students are invited to collaborate and redesign their models in order to successfully  create an engaging exhibit model.Students will draft and publish short  informational texts including information predetermined by the teacher to share knowledge gained in their research. This published writing will be posted with the ship model.Student teams will work together and assign roles to ensure that all project components are completed in time for inclusion in the class museum.
    ImproveEach day students should share a group discussion facilitated by the teacher to share observations and experiences in the design process in the middle of their building time. Discussion topics may include:What challenges they encounter. What changes they made to overcome these challenges. How they learned to successfully use the design medium to create their designs. Students will engage in rapid prototyping as their models evolve.Each student will submit the appropriate Seesaw to share their experience with the D.E.P.
    Closure / Student Reflections
    1. Two Seesaws are provided for student reflection, one is modified with reduced questions and audio support for ELL and EC students. Students will use the Seesaw to document the Design and Engineering process. The assignment includes inserting images of the students’ designs and final product in addition to written/spoken responses to questions on their experience with the Design and Engineering Process.
    1. Piracy in North Carolina class Flotilla Museum: Students will invite families and other classes to visit the class museum.  Exhibits will include pirate ship models & written statements.
    Students are encouraged to dress in pirate costumes if desired.
    1. After the museum the teacher should host a debriefing forum where students can share their feelings and observations on hosting friends and family.  
    Possible Modifications / Extensions*Extension: Audio components can be added to the exhibits using Makey Makey.* Student writing can be published using Google Slides and included with the exhibit.* Museums can be hosted without lights.  Allow student laptops and battery operated tea lights on the ships to provide lighting and atmosphere. Play sea shanties in the background.*Create maps of colonial ports and coastal waters affected by piracy during the Golden Age of Piracy.*Create paper likenesses of famous pirates and use Makey Makey to create audio files stating key facts about their lives in 1st person narration.*Have students dress as pirates to act as docents at the museum*Create posters to display pirate plunder: trade goods of the time*Study, Design and Model systems for loading goods on and off ships.