Lesson 1

Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles

Despina Makes a Splash / Grade 3 / Naples, FL

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles Lesson 1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Despina, a girl from Greece, learns about ocean engineering as she designs her own submersible.

Reflection Questions

How does Glen elicit prior knowledge from his students before beginning the lesson?

Glen has students share their prior knowledge through classroom conversation and writing on sticky notes.

  • Before reading the storybook, Glen has students write down what they think ocean engineers do. He reads some of the responses out loud so students can hear their peers’ ideas. (:20- 1:29)
  • Glen has students hypothesize what the story will be about based the title. (1:36- 2:06)
  •  Glen also asks students to share what they know about the ocean. (2:46- 3:36)  

How does Glen emphasize certain parts of the storybook, and why do you think he picks those parts?

Glen projects slides from the storybook to emphasize important concepts from the story.

  • Glen projects a map to show students the geography of Greece and to point out the island of Santorini, where the story takes place. (2:09- 2:40)
  • Glen shows a picture of Despina in a wheelchair and has students discuss what they know about disabilities. (4:10- 4:50)
  • Projecting a picture of a submersible allows Glen to show students parts of a submersible and hint at the design challenge in lessons 3 and 4. (5:04-5:55)