Lesson 1

Thinking Inside the Box: Designing Plant Packages

Plant Package Storybook / Grade 3 / Louisville, KY

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Thinking Inside the Box: Designing Plant Packages, L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Fadil, a boy from Jordan, learns about package engineering as he designs his own plant package.

Reflection Questions

Lawrence has students bring their packet handouts to the reading circle. How do you see him using the packet handouts to structure the activity?

Lawrence integrates writing into his reading process, maintaining an open atmosphere of group work and idea sharing for both.

  • Lawrence asks for predictions when he shows the book cover and says, “What do you think the story will be about?” (2:07)
  • Lawrence helps students make personal connections when he asks, “Have you ever given a gift to someone?” (2:31)
  • Lawrence encourages explanation when he asks, “Why do you think Bashira might not want Iklas to get married?” (3:02)
  • Lawrence prompts students to evaluate ideas when he asks, “Do you think it’s a good idea to pull up an amaryllis and plant it in a pot? Why or why not?” (3:29)

Lawrence stops reading at different points in the story and poses questions to his students. What types of questions do you see him asking?

Lawrence asks students to make predictions about the story, as well as to explain and evaluate their perceptions of characters.

  • After watching all the parachutes fall, two students were able to see how the length of the suspension lines affects the canopy’s ability to open fully. (9:08 and 9:26)
  • Another student uses gestures and words to describe how “more air will get trapped” in a larger canopy and cause it to drop “very slow.” (9:32)