Lesson 1

A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls

Yi Min's Great Wall / Grade 2 / Hollywood, FL

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls - Lesson 1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Yi Min, a girl from China, learns about materials engineering as she attempts to design a mortar for a stone wall to protect her garden from a hungry bunny.

Reflection Questions

What do you notice about the questioning style that Chentel uses with her students? Why do you think she employs this style of questioning?

Chentel asks questions that elicit student’s personal thoughts and ideas. By asking for opinions, not facts, she is able to effectively draw out students’ prior knowledge without putting them on the spot.

  • Chentel asks, “Why do you think the Great Wall of China was built?" (0:49). After a child suggests the wall was built to separate people, Chentel asks, “Why do you think they’d do that?” (00:57)
  • Chentel asks, “What could be the job of a Materials engineer?” (2:37)
  • Chentel asks, “Rashad, can you think of one way that walls help people?” (4:40)

In what ways does Chentel help her students self-identify as engineers?

Chentel uses the word "engineer" frequently. She refers to her students as engineers and uses the verb engineer to describe what they are doing.

  • When introducing the unit, Chentel explains, “We are going to be creating something. We are going to become engineers.” (0:28)
  • After Marcus reminds the class that rabbits are good jumpers, Chentel says, “That might come into play when Yi Min decides how she wants to design or engineer her wall.” (4:24)
  • As Chentel reads the story, she emphasizes that even though she was a child, Yi Min felt like an engineer. (8:07)