Lesson 1

A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes

Parachutes Storybook / Grade 3 / Stillwater, MN

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Paulo, a boy from Brazil, learns about aerospace engineering as he designs his own parachute.

Reflection Questions

What strategies do you see Corrie using to make sure she implements the EiE lessons as they are written in the guide?

Corrie keeps the Teacher Guide on her lap as a reference throughout the reading session and has placed sticky notes in the storybook to remind her of the questions she should be asking her students.

  • Corrie glances down at the Teacher Guide for direction as she begins to read Paulo’s Parachute Mission. (1:24)
  • Before class, Corrie placed green sticky notes inside the book to remind her of questions to ask or ideas to reinforce during the story. (5:11)  

What do you notice about the way Corrie reviewed the Engineering Design Process (EDP) with her students?

Rather than showing the EDP poster included in the EiE kit, Corrie elicited ideas from her students about the steps, and filled in a blank EDP graphic organizer on her white board.  

  • After a child identifies the Ask step, Corrie hand writes it in the red circle on her graphic and goes on to explain what the step entails. (7:40)
  • Corrie elicits the names of the EDP steps from her students and then focuses their attention on ordering the steps. (8:01)