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ERIC Number: EJ1201155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Help Batman Build a Safe and Stable House
Masters, Heidi; Hilgendorf, Chelsey; Stundahl, Lisa; Gresl, Megan; Jentsch, Amber
Science and Children, v56 n5 p78-83 Jan 2019
To support elementary school students in finding a solution to an engineering problem, the authors developed a series of five lessons using the 5E Instructional Model (Bybee 2014). The lessons align with the "Next Generation Science Standards" and the "Common Core State Standards" and integrate the teaching and learning of science and engineering, as called for by "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC 2012). Second graders in an afterschool program worked on a solution to the problem for one hour a week over a five-week period. Due to the excessive amount of severe weather in the area, Batman's house has slid off the bluff. Students needed to find a way to design and build a house that could withstand wind and water erosion. The problem was relevant to the students as they were interested in superheroes and lived in an area where homes are built on top of bluffs. Learning science and engineering concepts through culturally relevant and real-life contexts has shown to be an effective pedagogical strategy for economically disadvantaged students, students from ethnic groups, English language learners (ELLs), and girls (Lee, Miller, and Januszyk 2015). Thus, teachers can change the problem to best fit their students' interests and everyday life experiences. This unit can also be implemented within a traditional classroom setting and within a different time frame depending on students' learning needs and the classroom schedule. In this article, the authors describe the program and evaluate how the lesson could be extended.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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