Lesson 1

A Work In Process: Improving Play a Dough Process

Play Dough Storybook / Kindergarten / West Palm Beach, FL

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

What strategies do you see Lori using to help keep her very young students engaged in the story of Michelle’s MVP Award?

Lori keeps the class’s attention by calling on many different children, repeating and re-phrasing key content from the story, and breaking the reading up into multiple sessions.

  • Lori explains multiple times, in multiple ways, what an “MVP” is. (0:50)
  • During the discussion, Lori asks for contributions from many children, including Addison (2:32), Colton (3:48), and Darren (5:16).
  • Lori implies that they have done some reading earlier in the morning (0:25), and she stops (6:53) and resumes reading (8:34) after doing some work on the board.

In what ways does Lori explain/reinforce the concept of a process?

Lori tries to get her young students to understand what a process is by comparing it to words they may be familiar with. She also provides an example by drawing out the steps of the hand washing process on the board.

  • Lori compares a process to a recipe, and then asks her students if they have ever followed a recipe to make something. (3:42)
  • Lori uses the term directions to describe the process Uncle Adam used. (8:17)
  • Lori makes pictures of all the steps in the hand washing process to help students understand the importance of sequence in a process. (10:28)