Three Little Pigs IEL

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Name of Activity

Three Little Pigs IEL

Author

Matthew Mueller and Sarah Copolla

Keywords

integrating engineering and literacy three little pigs client based design

Subject

Non-LEGO

Grade Level

4, 5

Time

3 Hours Total, 4+ Hours Total

Brief Description

The story of the three little pigs was introduced and the problems of pig 1, pig 2, and the wolf were posed to the children. The two pigs needed stronger houses, but still wanted their houses to look like straw and sticks respectively (it was the trade of their family), and the wolf needed help knocking down the brick house but the design needed to be portable so he can carry it with him.

Lesson Objectives:

Looking at the characters in the story as clients that are being designed for. They have problems that need to be solved, but each client has certain constraints that need to be considered.

Materials Needed:

Straw, sticks, any found or reasonable material that the kids propose and can use to build their design.

Necessary Background

Know the three little pig story.

Procedure

Tell a brief version of the story or have the kids tell it.  Point out each potential client, their problems, and what the constraints of the solution might have.  Each kids will then brainstorm, design, and request materials they can use to prototype their design.

Extensions:

They can test and redesign their ideas if they have time.

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