Lesson 1

Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact

Galya and Natasha's Rocky Adventure / Grade 2 / Louisville, KY

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact Lesson 1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Galya and Natasha, twin sisters from Russia, learn about materials engineering as they attempt to design replicas of petroglyphs—ancient rock carvings.

Reflection Questions

What strategies do you see Laura using to keep her young students engaged and involved in the storybook?

Laura uses visual aids and props to help her students connect to the location of the story, and reviews the storybook using an active, hands-on technique.

  • Laura has the map of the world easily accessible while reading the storybook to show the students where they are geographically located compared to the storybook characters. (0:36)
  • Laura offers students a hands-on learning experience by tossing them inflatable globes and asking them to find Russia. (0:56)
  • Laura reviews the storybook with her students by having them represent with their arms whether they think her statements are true or false. (4:07)

How does Laura use Lesson 1 to lay the foundation for the engineering design challenge to come in lesson 4?

Laura highlights the key points of the Engineering Design Process throughout the lesson and uses visual and hands-on learning tools to hint at the design challenge to come later in the unit.

  • Laura shows the class a set of real rocks and prompts her students to think about which ones would be the best to carve into. (5:26)
  • Laura creates her own visual representation of the Engineering Design Process and has her students use clothespins to mark Gayla and Natasha’s movement through the process. (5:09)
  • Laura explains the flexible nature of the Engineering Design Process to her students. (7:02)