Lesson 3

No Bones About It: Designing Knee Braces

Designing Knee Braces / Grade 3 / Kittery, ME

The EIE Curriculum

EIE - No Bones About it: Designing Knee Braces Lesson 3

Reflection Questions

What teaching methods does Kate use to introduce the range of motion of a healthy human knee?

Kate uses engaging kinesthetic teaching methods to introduce the range of motion of a knee.

  • Kate reviews examples of healthy joints by having students shake and bend their hands and fingers and twirl their wrists. (1:07)
  • Kate has her students swing their knees back and forth to demonstrate their range of mobility. (1:33)
  • Kate has a student come to the front of the class to demonstrate the movement of a healthy knee.  (3:39)


How does Kate encourage brainstorming throughout lesson 3?

Kate guides small and large group discussion where students brainstorm how they might use different materials in their knee brace design.

  • Kate gives her students a bag of materials to discuss in small groups how they can be used in the design challenge. (7:34–8:17)
  • Kate has her students share as a whole class how the properties of the materials they observed can be used in the design challenge. (8:18–9:57)