Lesson 1

Just Passing Through: Designing Model Membranes

Membranes Storybook / Grade 5 / Jersey City, NJ

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Just Passing Through: Designing Model Membranes, L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Juan Daniel, a boy from El Salvador, learns about bioengineering as he designs his own model membrane.

Reflection Questions

What literacy strategies do you see Marlene using to increase understanding of the story and participation in discussion?

Marlene posts key text so visual learners can follow along, and involves all students in discussion of questions about the storybook.

  • Marlene projects a copy of the story text on the screen so that her students can follow along as she reads aloud. (1:32)
  • Marlene uses the Turn and Talk strategy to get her students thinking about the conditions at Juan Daniel’s soccer field. This oral participation strategy keeps all students involved in the story and encourages them to think critically. (1:47)

What oral language strategies does Marlene use to help her students develop proficiency?

Marlene confirms what she hears students saying, sometimes changing a term to a more appropriate word or making a summary statement.

  • Marlene repeats her student’s use of the word shadow once, but then replaces it with the more appropriate term shade, helping her students grasp the subtle distinction. (2:41)
  • After one student struggles for words to describe the frog’s skin, Marlene succinctly summarizes the student’s ideas by saying, "Yes. It was dry. It felt like paper." (4:40)