March 9, 2020
Today’s challenge was for each child to choose 30 random pieces from their Lego bin and place them in a ziplock. I then collected all the ziplocks and randomly passed them back to the students.The children were to build and share what they built with the class.
March 2, 2020
Today’s lesson was called Traveling Around. We discussed different ways of transportation. Shared how we get to school. Students then built different types of transportation that they may use to travel.
February 24, 2020
Today’s challenge is called boat building. This challenge is to construct an unsinkable ship. A bucket with a tub of water was filled and the teacher asked students to create a ship that must endure the “ocean waves” and lots of heavy cargo (paperclips). Students were given multiple trials. Some students even made a second ship just incase their first ship didn’t float.
February 10, 2020
A Helping Hand: Today the students were to build something that would be very useful in helping other people. We discussed ways we can help people and shared stories of how we have lent a helping hand in the past. Students came up with ideas such as flu shots, wheel chairs, coast guard boats, bulldozers and even a cane for those that need support walking. After building something helpful, the students were visited by Mr. B., the 8th grade teacher, who challenged them to build him a sports complex if they finished early. The students came up with basketball courts, football fields, even a baseball bat and ball. Here are their creations
February 3, 2020
Today we discussed community and what communities look like. We discussed where we live and students built things in their community. Their ideas varied from parks to homes to even department stores. Here are some of their creations.
January 27, 2020
Today the students kicked off the trimester with a lesson on healthcare workers. In particular, the dentist. We played out a scenario where four master builder students were involved. The students were then asked tio build what they envisioned the scenario tho look like. Some built dental offices others built dental tools.
November 4, 2019
Students were instructed to change the Saint Joseph Viking mascot to anything they would like to change it to. They were to brainstorm and build it out of Legos. They could work independently or with a partner. They spent three minutes to generate as many ideas as they could with the new mascot idea. Here is what they came up with. Master builders had fun making a new mascot.
October 28, 2019
Today the Master Builders were to make a musical creation. Their creation began at 3:20 pm. A Halloween song was played in the background. When the song was over each student was to Pass their creation to the left. There were a total of 5 rotations and five songs. This was their final product.
October 21, 2019
Today the master builders made a digital accessory out of Legos. They had to think about the world of technology. Students made phones, radios,even electric car garage doors.
October 14, 2019
Today in master Builders the students made wearable items out of legos. The students were to brainstorm and discuss what approach they would have to take to make this task possible.
September 30, 2019
Create a lego friend
May 21, 2019
Today students were challenged to build a maze with a start, finish, and at least 3 obstacles. The maze needed to consist of paths for a marble to fit though. Students tried out each others mazes and enjoyed doing so.
April 30, 2019
In the lesson today students were to build their very own Classroom Helper. After looking around the classroom for items they can make out of legos, the students discussed with their classmates the ideas they had to make this classroom better. The items they made were out of legos and their imaginations ranged from making more staplers for the classroom to another computer and even a new and improved book shelf.
March 4, 2019
February 25, 2019
Today the students made their very own checker board. They worked as a team and used legos of all shapes and sizes to come up with 32 plates of one color and 32 plates of a second color. They discovered that a true checker board consists of 64 squares and although it was challenging for them to come up with it, they enjoyed the challenge.
February 4, 2019
Today students were to make predictions and use their imaginations as to what or who the new villain in the second Lego Movie may be. Students watched the movie trailer. Teacher asked for students to listen for key words about the new character. Male or female reference, hero or villain? Students began creating the new character’s home, vehicles, and family out of legos based on their predictions and what they know from the previous film. One thing they ALL noticed was the name of this new character’s home “Sistar System” possibly referring to a sister to the previous film’s main character. we shall see next week…..
January 28, 2019
Today the students were to spell their name out of Legos. It was the first day so they were challenged to engineer themselves the name tag out of Legos. Communication is a big part of engineering. This challenge to get them to communicate their name to other students through the creation of physical solution. The second challenge today was to build a raft. Our goal was to raise the rafts by blowing on them. Our tub was not big enough for the raft sizes that were built. But they did see if their raft can float. They built a raft and made predictions…..would their raft float or sink? Through raft building students were exploring balance and buoyancy, pushes and falls.
November 5, 2018
October 29, 2018
STUDENTS WERE TO BE CREATIVE AND BEGIN CREATING A CREATURE OF ANY SORT WHILE MUSIC PLAYED. WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED THE STUDENTS PASSED THEIR CREATION TO THE RIGHT AND THEIR NEIGHBOR WAS TO ADD TO THE CREATION. THIS CHALLENGE INVOLVED COMBINING IDEAS. AT THE END OF CLASS, EVERY “MUSICAL MONSTER” WILL BE UNIQUE BECAUSE OF THE COMBINATION IDEAS. (IDEATION:THE PROCESS OF FORMING AND RELATING IDEAS.)
October 22, 2018
Haunted House: Students were to build a crooked haunted house. As we all know it is the home to the spookiest ghosts and ghouls. They were to add their own twist on their very own Lego creation and build a haunted house with their group. They had to use their coop collaborative skills and work together to make up the best haunted house they can imagine. They had to use their communication skills and come up with a haunted house as a team. They use their imagination and they were ready to share their creation aloud.
October 15, 2018
Seesaw: Today students had to build a seesaw. They had to make sure it was balanced was able to withstand the weight of a lego figure. We discussed buoyancy, balance, weight, and position.
October 8, 2018
Today the students made a machine to help “Mr. Bear” enter a building without a ramp or any handicap access. Mr. Bear is handicap and in a wheelchair. The students looked for a safe way to get Mr. Bear to explore the building without having to get out of his wheelchair.
September 24, 2018
RAMPS: We discussed gravity and force. Students were to build a ramp out of Legos. Students were challenged because they had to stop and think if the hot wheel provided will fly down the ramp and how far it will go? What can make the car go faster? Students made predictions, experimented, observed and Had fun.