# Structure Building Challenge

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October 2, 2015

Get your students to be builders and create structures with a variety of materials. Students will have the opportunity to be creative, cooperate in groups, and discuss their experience.

### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to build structures using common materials and explore ways to solve problems when building structures.

## Lesson

### Introduction (15 minutes)

• Explain to the students that today they will learn about structures.
• Read Look at That Building: A First Look at Structures to the students, and then have the students say the names of some of the structures as you read about.
• Then ask the students if there are structures in the book that are similar to those in their neighborhood.
• Explain to the students that a good structure is one with balance, or an even distribution of weight that allows the building to stay upright and steady.
• Tell the students to stand up and show you what good balance looks like. Then tell them to lift a leg and ask them if they still have good balance.
• Discuss with the students how good structures need to have a strong base.

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

• Explain to the students that they will be builders today, and tell them that they will work in groups with materials for building.
• Show the materials of each work station to the students. Area 1 should have popsicle sticks and clothespins, area 2 will have toothpicks and plasticine, and area 3 will have straws and paperclips.
• Tell the students that when they start they are to explore the building materials and be creative with their structures.
• Remind them to think about the challenges they have while building and what they did to solve the problems.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

• Use your discretion whether or not to model how to build with these materials. This activity is great for exploration and you may not want to over explain things beforehand.

### Independent Working Time (30 minutes)

• Divide the class into three groups, and tell them that they will rotate through the three stations every 10 minutes or so.
• Tell the students to go to their starting station and to begin building their structures.
• Walk throughout the groups and conference with the students.
• Ask the students about any challenges they have had while building, and what they did to solve the problems.
• Before the 10 minute rotation, ask the students to get up and see what the other students have been building.
• Ask the students to tidy up both before they rotate and at the end of this activity.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Encourage students to build more complex structures, or give them a challenge structure, such as asking for a structure more than 3 feet tall.
• Support: Offer easier to use materials, like connecting cubes or blocks if the ones in this activity are too difficult to use.

## Review

### Assessment (5 minutes)

• Take notes on how the students build structures and overcome challenges during independent time.

### Review and Closing (5 minutes)

• Ask the students to come together.
• Ask some students to share any challenges and their solutions they had while building.