Lesson 1

The Attraction is Obvious: Designing Maglev Systems

Hikaru's Toy Troubles / Grade 5 / Hollywood, FL

EiE - The Attraction is Obvious: Designing Maglev Systems, L1

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The EIE Curriculum

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Hikaru, a boy from Japan, learns about transportation engineering as he attempts to design a small maglev transportation system for his parents' toy store.

Reflection Questions

What do you notice about the conversations Kelly has with students as she prepares them to read Hikaru’s Toy Troubles?

Kelly has students share what they already know about the setting of the story and the science and engineering topics that are introduced in the book.

  • After explaining that the book is about transportation engineers, Kelly has kids share their ideas about what engineers might do for a job. (0:54)
  • To help activate prior science knowledge, Kelly asks her students, “What do you already know about magnets?” (1:37)
  • After introducing the term maglev train, Kelly has students analyze the root words to help them understand its meaning. (4:16)
  • Finally, Kelly asks students to share what they know about Japan, the setting of the story. (5:54)

What Common Core literacy strategies do you see Kelly incorporating into the reading of the storybook?

Kelly incorporates opportunities for word study, interactive read-alouds, and guided reading.

  • At the laptop center, students define and draw pictures of vocabulary words from the book. (7:49)
  • Small group reading sessions provide opportunities for differentiated instruction and discussion. (9:05 and 9:37)
  • Students take turns reading aloud to increase fluency and comprehension. (11:37)