Provocation (What I did – my lesson) Hypothesis (What I think it means) Observation (What I saw) The children drew a blueprint of the structure they would like to build as a team. The children are thinking about working as a team.. The children discussed what part each of them will draw and build. I think the children understood that a plan is needed so everyone knows what to do. We read the story Dewey Doo-it Builds a House. This is a story about Habitat for Humanity. The children asked questions about what certain lines were on the blueprints. I think the children were beginning to see how a plan could help them lay out what they were going to build. The children discussed what might happen if a team of builders didn’t have a plan. The children commented that they wanted to build something, but didn’t know how. The children viewed blueprints of houses , bridges, and ships. I think that the children were beginning to understand that they needed a plan.
I noticed that the children have a lot of experience building with various types of blocks. The children enjoy building standing structures. The children built flat structures. We explored building with wood craft sticks,. START The children were not sure how to build up with flat sticks. The children understood that different adhesives have different drying times. We explored building with wood craft sticks, liquid glue, and glue sticks. The children discussed using too much liquid glue and how it would take a long time to dry. They also noticed that the glue sticks dried faster. I think the children would like to build three-dimensional structures, but find it difficult with flat blocks or sticks. The children view pictures of bridges and houses being built. The children commented on what kinds of structures they have built with each type of block. The children viewed pictures of bridges and houses being built. I think the children understood that the X’s were there for a reason, but they weren’t sure what the reason was. The children pointed out X’s in the constructions. We used the same pictures and outlined shapes we found in the structures. I think the children knew that triangles had something to do with building strong structures. The children found a lot of shapes in the structures, especially triangles.
The children began creating a catalog of how to build with wood craft sticks. The children explored building with wood craft sticks and tape. The children reflected on their experiences with working with liquid glue and glue sticks. The children thought that the liquid glue stuck better but was messy and took longer to dry. We created pages about tape for our catalog. The children found the tape easier to work with because it held well and they didn’t have to wait for it to dry. The children built many different structures, including standing structures, hanging structures, and bendable structures. The children reflected on their experience building with tape and wood craft sticks. They commented that the tape was stronger than the glue. We explored building with wood craft sticks and covered wire. The children had difficulty working with the wire. One child said it was because she hadn’t worked with wire before. The children were unsure how to use this new material.. I think that the children were saying “stronger” when they meant “easier to work with.” The children explored building with wood craft sticks and clay. The children thought that the clay was easier to work with because they had worked with it before. The children built a variety of three-dimensional structures.