ST 1.2

ST 1.2 - Students work independently and collaboratively in an inquiry-based learning environment that encourages finding creative solutions to authentic and complex problems.


Preschool Three Little Pigs
As part of the Farms Unit, we read the story of the Three Little Pigs and had the students retell it by teams. While visiting the Discovery Center, students were challenged to use the provided materials to build a house where the pigs would be safe from the Big Bad Wolf. First, the students had to work by themselves to build the house and then had to call the “Big Bad Wolf” (the teacher) tested it by huffing and puffing and blowing to see if the house was strong enough to keep the little pigs safe. If the house fell, they had to identify why it happened and how to solve that problem. At that point they worked as a team so they would have more materials, and plan together and try again.

The Three Little Pigs

First Grade Gingerbread Boy Bridge

After reading “The Gingerbread Man” we decided to build a bridge that would help the Gingerbread Man cross the river safely.  Students worked in groups to build a bridge at least 6 inches long, that could withstand the weight of a gingerbread man for at least 20 seconds.  Once they were able to do that, they were challenged to build an even longer bridge for him.

Gingerbread Collage

Fourth Grade Sun Shades
One of the groups explaining their sun shade project. 

Fifth Grade Sled Project
Inspired by the book Wonder book when Jack took a sled from the trash and made it better, students were challenged to make a sled that would go the furthest distance using popsicle sticks, tape, and pennies.