Lesson 3

A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls

Testing Mortar / Grade 4 / Kittery, ME

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls - Lesson 3

Reflection Questions

How does Blayne guide her students through the Ask step of the Engineering Design Process?

Blayne prompts her students to think deeply about why they are making mortar. By asking questions and making connections to student learning objectives, Blayne effectively guides her students through the Ask step.

  • Blayne asks students why it’s important to think about the stickiness of a mortar. (4:24)
  • Blayne asks her students what properties they should be looking for in the mortars they create once they are dry. (4:56)
  • Blayne asks for a student to explain in their own words why they are making mortar sandwiches. (5:29)

How does Blayne help her students communicate effectively throughout lesson 3?

Blayne asks pertinent and context-driven questions to help her students articulate their thoughts.

  • Blayne elicits students’ ideas about how they will test the stickiness of their mortar. (5:49)
  • After students have tested the stickiness and the strength of each material, Blayne has her class summarize their results to prepare them for Lesson 4. (7:15–8:36 and  9:26–11:07)