Lesson 3

A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape

Selecting a Site (2) / Grade 3 / Louisville, KY

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape, L3 Part 2

Students use maps to study the erosion along a riverbank over time, and conduct controlled experiments to determine how soil compaction around a foundation affects the foundation’s strength.

Reflection Questions

How do you see Laura reinforce her student’s use of the Engineering Design Process (EDP)?

At the end of the lesson, Laura asks students to think about which step of the EDP they just completed and how they accomplished this.  

  • After students have completed the activity, Laura guides them to think about how Suman completed the Ask step in the storybook. Then she asks students to think about how they have completed the Ask step through Lessons 2 and 3 in their own classroom. (10:20)
  • Finally, Laura has students think ahead to the next step they’ll use (Imagine) and explains that they’ll be imagining different types of soil to use. All of this helps root students’ work in the EDP. (11:15)