Lesson 1

A Work In Process: Improving Play a Dough Process

Play Dough Storybook / Grade 5 / Chicopee, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process, L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Michelle, a girl from Canada, learns about chemical engineering as she attempts to design a play dough making process to share with her hockey teammates.

Reflection Questions

Grace stops reading at different points in the story and poses questions to her students. What kinds of questions do you see her asking?

Grace asks her students to recall important story elements, make connections to their own lives, and make inferences about what words might mean.

  • Grace asks students to use their knowledge of base words to make inferences about what a chemical engineer might do. (0:36)
  • Grace asks students to make connections to their own lives when she asks them if they have ever tried to teach anyone how to do something. (1:22)
  • Grace asks students to recall key information when she asks them to explain what Michelle did during the Ask step of the Engineering Design Process. (3:45)

What techniques do you see Grace using to help her students think about new vocabulary words?

Grace has her students use background knowledge to help define words, has them repeat important vocabulary words out loud, and engages students in helping her identify important new terms that they should understand.

  • Grace asks students to use their background knowledge to infer what a chemical engineer might do. (0:36)
  • When introducing the word “processes,” Grace has all the students repeat the word out loud for emphasis. (2:50)
  • At the end of the lesson, Grace asks her students to help her identify new vocabulary words, such as chemistry and the Engineering Design Process. (5:52)