Lesson Plan

Life-Size Maze

In this lesson, students will create a set of instructions for navigating a life-size maze.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to collaborate to create an algorithm, or a list of step-by-step instructions, for navigating around obstacles.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students: "What is a maze?" Discuss previous experiences and prior knowledge related to mazes.
  • Optional: Use a picture book, such as Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg or Journey by Aaron Becker to introduce the idea of a fun and exciting expedition through and around many different kinds of obstacles.
  • Explain to students that they will be allowed to move the furniture around the room to create a life-size maze.
  • Then students will have the opportunity to walk through the maze. The trick is that they can only move in ways that are part of an algorithm, or a step-by-step set of instructions.