Author:
NATALIE CADDELL
Subject:
Reading Literature, STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Lower Primary
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Language:
English

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2nd grade Story Engineering with Legos & K'Nex

2nd grade Story Engineering with Legos & K'Nex

Overview

Students will use the engineering design process, various materials and their imaginations to make a trap for a leprechaun after reading How to Catch a Leprechaun.

Lesson Plan

Driving Question / Scenario

How can I use the engineering design process, various materials and my imagination to make a trap for a leprechaun?  

Project Summary

As a class we will read How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess and How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace.  Students will use available materials from the makerspace to design a trap for a leprechaun.  

Estimated Time

1 hour 

Materials / Resources

K’Nex building sets, Lego construction sets, recycled materials (boxes, straws, paper towel rolls, paper cups), pipe cleaners, tape, (options are endless!)

Books:  How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace  and/or  How to Trap a Leprechaun by by Sue Fliess 

How to Trap a Leprechaun STEAM building challenge (created via Jamboard) and can be assigned individually in Google classroom) 

How to catch a Leprechaun (shared in Google classroom) 

How to catch a leprechaun word list 

Standards

IT.2.IN.1 Understand appropriate procedures when reading for enjoyment and information.

IT.2.TT.1 Use technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities

Project Outline

Ask

How can we plan and create a trap for a leprechaun using the available materials?  How will I measure my success?

Imagine

Imagine what kind of trap could catch a leprechaun.  Do you need gold, candy, rainbows, something green?  How big and tall does it need to be?  Will items that you use represent some of the things you don’t have?  

Plan

Students can choose to design a blueprint or sketch of the trap that they will make to catch their leprechaun

  •  using crayons or colored pencils on the following handout 

  • Using digital tools like these that will be available in their google classroom

How to Trap a Leprechaun STEAM building challenge (created via Jamboard) and can be assigned individually in Google classroom) 

How to catch a Leprechaun (shared in Google classroom) 

Create

Allow students to gather the materials they  need and using a website like https://classroomscreen.com/ help students monitor how much time they have to actually build their trap.  I would recommend around 20 minutes.  

Improve

Ask students to look over their leprechaun traps. 

  • What worked well?

  • What do you need to change?

  • How could you make the changes needed?

  • Did you have enough time? 

  • Would a leprechaun be attracted to your trap?  Why or why not?

  • Was your trap large enough to catch a leprechaun?

  • Did you use all of your materials? 

  • Were there other materials you needed that you didn’t have?

Closure / Student Reflections

Give the students an opportunity to share their traps with one another and use their chromebooks to take a picture and upload on their digital jamboard.  How to Trap a Leprechaun STEAM building challenge 

Possible Modifications / Extensions

Possible extension would be to create and enjoy a leprechaun trap treat or to incorporate a math skill like measurement when building.  

Students could also use a graphic organizer like a venn diagram or double bubble map (if time allows) to compare and contrast the 2 stories.  What was similar?  What was different?