Lesson 4

A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape

Evaluating a Landscape / Grade 5 / Bremerton, WA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape, L4

Students focus on the geotechnical engineering problem of evaluating a landscape as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve a site for a wire cable bridge called a TarPul. 

Reflection Questions

What do you notice about the way Desiree interacts with student groups?

Desiree delivers individualized instruction in each small group and pushes student thinking in an informal, non-threatening way. 

  • Kneeling beside one table, Desiree walks students through the process of measuring map distances and quantifying the advantages and disadvantages of individual sites. (2:35)
  • Desiree helps one group calculate various scores based on the individual data they collected.  (5:10)
  • When reviewing a draft of the letter to the elders, Desiree acts like a friendly participant in the group. Her style and language helps students to recognize and include relevant information in their texts. (7:32)


What are some advantages of using the iPod during this lesson?

Use of the iPod provides unique motivation and increases technological literacy skills. 

  • Students using the iPod are practicing high-tech skills as they locate, open, and operate the video app. (6:40)
  • Using the iPod to video tape messages for the village elders provides extra motivation for students to write interesting and persuasive letters. (6:51)
  •  Having students watch themselves on video provides new opportunities for them to self-evaluate and get feedback on their work (8:19).