engineers in the block corner n.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Engineers in the Block Corner PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Engineers in the Block Corner

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 19

Engineers in the Block Corner - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 88 Views
  • Uploaded on

Engineers in the Block Corner. Susan Belgrad, Professor California State University Northridge and Ronnie Silverstone, Retired LAUSD Kindergarten. What Exactly Is Engineering ?. Let’s Be Engineers. Cooperative Block Play

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Engineers in the Block Corner' - eric-barber


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
engineers in the block corner

Engineers in the Block Corner

Susan Belgrad, ProfessorCalifornia State University Northridge

and

Ronnie Silverstone,

Retired LAUSD Kindergarten

let s be engineers
Let’s Be Engineers
  • Cooperative Block Play
    • Each cooperative learning group will be asked to design a different structure for an “Ideal Community” (vision of a 5-year old)
        • A bridge (over river, streets, canals ,etc)
        • Streets and Roads in a town or city
        • A City Skyscraper
        • A Building with a Keystone (find someone who knows what this is).
our goals for this presentation
Our goals for this presentation . . .
  • Block play enables boys and girls to acquire the 21st century skills of the mathematician, scientist and engineer.
  • It is applied math, science and communication.
  • Set loose in the well-equipped block corner, kindergarten children engage in “multi-sensory experiences through environmental encounters” in which they imagine, visualize, explore, predict, test and strive to accomplish what they want to do.
  • Block play is a key learning process that can assure the foundations for success in all academic subjects but especially math and science.
pair share in your teams
Pair-Share in Your Teams
  • What mathematics knowledge did you have to use to design and create your structures?
  • What science knowledge did you need to have and apply in designing in your structure?
  • What conversations (communication skills) were needed?
  • Did you have any problems with ideas, design, creating?
  • How did you solve them?
let s play
Let’s Play!

Build with a Barrier

  • Use communication skills
    • Visualize each direction
    • Place your blocks to create the structure
    • Compare with your partners
follow up
Follow up
  • What communication skills did you need to successfully create your structures?
  • What science (physics) knowledge did you need to have and apply in designing in your structure?
  • What clarifications were needed?
  • Did you have problems?
  • How did you solve them?
  • Could you use these questions when children are engaged in block play?
engineering is considered an important 21 st century skill
Engineering IS Considered an Important 21st Century Skill

Let’s look at how the Common Core State Standards Support the Promotion of Block Play in your Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten….

the common core state standards
The Common Core State Standards

Grade K Overview

Counting and Cardinality

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to
  • Understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

the common core state standard s
The Common Core State Standards

Grade K Overview

Measurement and Data

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes.
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in

categories.

Geometry

  • Identify and describe shapes.
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
the common core state standards1
The Common Core State Standards

In Kindergarten, more instructional time should focus on these critical areas:

  • Representing, relating, and operating on whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; (more learning time should be devoted to number than to other topics).
  • Describing shapes and space.
  • Describing their physical world using geometric ideas (e.g., shape, orientation, spatial relations) and vocabulary.
the common core state standards2
The Common Core State Standards

In Kindergarten, more instructional time should focus on these critical areas:

4. Identifying the name, and describing basic two-dimensional shapes, such as squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, and hexagons, presented in a variety of ways (e.g., with different sizes and orientations), as well as three-dimensional shapes such as cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres.

5. Using basic shapes and spatial reasoning to model objects in their environment and to construct more complex shapes.

concluding thoughts

Concluding Thoughts

“We believe that it is critically important for all children, from all backgrounds, to grow up knowing how to design, create, and express themselves.” We want to extend a vision of the developmentally appropriate kindergarten style of learning, returning to U.S. institutions of learning “so that learners of all ages continue to learn through a process of designing, creating, experimenting, and exploring.” Mitch Resnick, MIT (Lifelong Kindergarten)