The 5/6 class have become city engineers by designing a new city. They have been challenged with the task of created a map with street names and locations of buildings parks and landscaping requirements. To get approval from the city leaders their proposal had to be creative, colourful, and show accurately drawn lines and angles.
The students were required to include at least 6 parrallel streets, streets that interestected to form an obtuse angle, a church on an acute angle, a shopping center on a right angle corner, a police and fire department across from each other on a parallell street, an icecream shop and library acros from each other at an intersection and at least 12 residential houses for people to live in.
Not only did this fun project engage students whole-heartedly, it helped them further hone in on developing STEM skills in problem solving, critical and creative thinking.
Futhermore, the open-ended nature of this task allows for various opportunities for assessment and for differentiation, making this a task I plan to use again!
Our class has been learning about endangered animals and the global issues that are threatening the survival of these species.
As critical and creative problem solvers we participated in a HASS inquiry research project (linked to our understandings of adaptaions in biological science & creating non-fictional texts in literacy) to identify the threats impacting the Polar Bear, Spider Monkey, Sloth, Black Rhino and Amur Tiger.
Once the threats impacting these animals were identified we were able to participate in the engineering process to design and build an invention to save the endangered species.
For example, in order to support the devasting impact of global warming threatening our Polar Bears environment, our students invented an under water airconditioner that would keep the ice caps from melting, how creative is that!
Other brilliant ideas included sanctuaries that were protected by new laws and patrolled by rangers to protect our Sloths and Spider-monkeys from poachers and illegal logging threatening their environments.
Our class favourite however was an irrigation system called, ‘the soil soaker,’ designed to support the devastating threat of deforestation impacting the Amur Tigers. This irrigation system was designed to rejuvinate the soil and plant trees in areas requiring rehabilitation.