Lesson Plan:

# Pipe Construction

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July 22, 2015

## Learning Objectives

Students will learn how to put pieces of pipes together to make a structure.

## Lesson

### Introduction (5 minutes)

• Put on a play construction hat and invite your students to circle time to construct a super structure.
• Read a book about construction that shows how things are put together to make a structure.
• Tell students that today they are going to be construction engineers and build a structure out of plastic pipes.

### Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

• Bring out the box with the pieces of pipes and connectors.
• Show students how the connectors attach pipes together.
• Caution your students about watching how they connect the pipes so as to not get their fingers pinched.
• Construct a structure with a few pipe pieces and connectors. Start out with a simple structure and when they gain more confidence, more complex structures can be designed.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

• Hand each student a pipe and a connector.
• Go around the circle, having students add their pieces one at a time until all students have contributed.
• Give assistance to struggling students.

### Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

• Divide students in to small teams.
• Have the teams build simple structures together. Allow them to think where to affix the pipe using the connector.
• Tell them it is okay if the structure falls down because it allows them to think of a better way to fix it.
• Provide suggestions if necessary. Ask the teams to use the pieces in a new way to see if the structure will hold up.
• Listen to their conversations to see how they are trying to solve problems.
• Ask questions to get them to think about a better solution.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Encourage students to build a vehicle, like a scooter. Ask students to see if a structure is more sturdy with a wide base or narrow base
• Support: Struggling students can make more simplistic structures. Alternatively, they can build small structures to work like a marble run, making the marble or small ball move from one end to another.

## Review

### Assessment (5 minutes)

• Observe and take notes as the students are working on their own.
• Make a note of issues that come up in their conversations, and how students solved them.
• Ask questions on what the teams are building and how are they are ensuring that their structure won't fall apart.
• If you have to provide a lot of assistance, it means more practice is needed.

### Review and Closing (5 minutes)

• Ask students to join you for group time.
• Ask them questions about how they worked to build new things. Encourage them to talk about their structures and how they made it work.
• If you noticed some areas the students struggled in, go over those concepts.