Lesson 1

Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems

Lighting Storybook / Grade 3 / Fairfax, VT

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems, L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Omar, a boy from Egypt, learns about optical engineering as he helps design his own lighting system.

Reflection Questions

What do you notice about Sandy’s use of chart paper?

Sandy uses written charts as a tool for highlighting, reviewing, and preserving student and teacher ideas over the course of time.

  • At the beginning of the lesson, we see a chart to Sandy’s right with written definitions of the terms "engineering" and "technology." (0:55)
  • After reading the first section of the book, Sandy stops and turns to a prepared chart page titled “What We Know About Light” so that she can record student ideas. (3:49)

How does Sandy weave the content of the book into her lessons about the science of light?

When asking about science facts or concepts, Sandy connects her questions to the context of the storybook to help students generate ideas. 

  • Sandy has students use the story to confirm what they think they know about light. After reading a short section, she asks, “Did you hear anything about light in there?” (3:20)
  • On the worksheet, Sandy has students recall and record where in the book they a saw light being reflected. (6:06)
  • When asking children to define optical engineering, Sandy says, “It has something to do with Zane and what he does for a job.” (8:33)