Lesson 1

Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact

Galya and Natasha's Rocky Adventure / Grade 3 / Tuscon, AZ

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 teaching strategies do you see Karissa using to engage students with diverse language proficiencies in her class?

Karissa challenges her English speakers to speak in complete sentences, and to join in the kinesthetic learning of vocabulary words. This creates an atmosphere where students learn from one another.

  • Karissa carefully sounds out vocabulary words so students can hear the word broken down by syllable. (1:25, 1:46)
  • Karissa has students repeat the EDP steps back to her. (2:25)
  • Karissa reviews the three types of rocks through kinesthetic learning. (2:57–3:32)

How does Karissa reference the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to scaffold students’ understanding of the EDP?

Karissa references the EDP periodically as she reads the storybook. Additionally, she has students complete the EDP Worksheet. Both of these methods help her students learn the steps of the EDP.

  • Karissa explains how Galya and Natasha will solve their problem by using the EDP. (2:43)
  • Karissa explains how the two main characters in the story both approached the process differently, but ended up doing the same steps of the EDP. (3:51–4:54)
  • The class completes the EDP worksheet (1-7) to check students’ understanding of the EDP steps. (5:20)