Lesson 1

Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems

Lighting Storybook / Grade 5 / Fall River, MA

EiE - Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems, L1

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The EIE Curriculum

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 Reading Workshop methods do you see Jessica using as she reads the Omar story?

Jessica structures the session as an interactive read aloud, activates prior knowledge (schema) before reading, and incorporates word study.

  • Jessica asks for students to predict what the book will be about based on its cover and title. (0:41–1:25)
  • Jessica collects and records prior knowledge her students have about light (4:44) and about ancient Egypt. (5:30)
  • Jessica has her students derive the meaning of the word "optical" based on textual cues (such as the use of the word "shine"). (4:10)

How does Jessica connect the book to the students’ personal experiences?

At several points in the story, Jessica has her students relate events in the story to things that have happened to them in real life.

  • Jessica asks students  to share memories of performances they have been in. (1:36–2:25)
  • Jessica asks her students whether they would want to be the star of a performance, based on their own personalities. (2:27)
  • Jessica has students to share any experience they have with items being faded by sunlight. (7:04)