Lesson 1

Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier

Simple Machines Storybook / Grade 5 / Wilmington, NC

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier, L1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Aisha, a girl from Boston, Massachusetts, learns about industrial engineering as she designs her own factory subsystem.

Reflection Questions

How does Ann's presentation of the story help her focus her students' attention on the steps of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) that Aisha used?

Ann displays some key text about the Engineering Design Process as she reads the book. She then has students discuss the use of the EDP in the story as a class before students fill in their own handouts.

  • Ann reads chapter 7 to her class while the text is displayed on the overhead projector. (2:10)
  • Ann projects a copy of the EDP handout and solicits ideas from several students about how to fill in the Ask, Imagine, and Plan sections. As students share ideas, she can check for understanding and elaborate on the ideas she wants them to grasp. (4:20)
  • Students fill out their own worksheets based on the model that Ann is providing on the overhead. (7:10)

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

Ann asks questions that help her check for student understanding about the events in the story.

  • Ann asks her students to summarize what has happened so far in the story. Questions like, "Who else was with Aisha?" and "What kind of engineer was her big brother?" help her student recall the main points of the story. (0:35)
  • Ann asks her students to evaluate Aisha's actions when she asks, "Do you think that was the best way?" (3:11)
  • Ann reinforces the character's use of the Engineering Design Process by asking, "How did Aisha complete this step?" (4:20)