Lesson 4

Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact

Replicating an Artifact / Grade 2 / Louisville, KY

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact Lesson 4

Students apply their knowledge of materials as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own replicas of an artifact.

Reflection Questions

What strategies does Laura use to help her students practice effective communications skills?

Laura uses prompts and engaging methods to encourage her students to communicate effectively.

  • Laura asks a student why she chose limestone as a material to carve into, and reinforces written communication by encouraging her to record her verbal response. (1:04)
  • Laura has her students get low to the ground and pop up as a way to communicate what material they chose to carve into. (3:03)
  • Groups volunteer to talk about why they chose their material and draw upon their written plans to support their verbal explanations. (3:58)

Where in the lesson do you see Laura facilitating effective teamwork?

Students work and collaborate in teams throughout the plan, create, and improve steps of the Engineering Design Process.

  • Laura facilitates small-group reflection with her students, encouraging them to come to a consensus on the material they chose for the design challenge. (2:28)
  • Laura establishes a process for taking turns so that all students get a chance to carve into their rock during the create step of the Engineering Design Process. (6:07)
  • Laura supports students as they think together about how to lower their score and come to a final decision about what material to choose for the improve step of the Engineering Design Process. (9:44)