ALEX Learning Activity

Building Bridges

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 Author: Meghan Denson System: Hoover City School: Brock's Gap Intermediate School
General Activity Information
 Activity ID: 1637 Title: Building Bridges Digital Tool/Resource: ReadWorks Digital Web Address – URL: https://www.readworks.org/article/Bridges/4c7b614a-86a2-424a-9b17-a465e5598810#!articleTab:content/contentSection:f76038b5-ed00-4088-87e1-06f1bfe42c84/ Overview: ReadWorks Digital provides free reading resources on many different topics. In this learning activity, students will read about different bridges around the world to compare and contrast materials used. Students will then use one material to create three different bridges based off of the bridges they read about in the text. This learning activity was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
Associated Standards and Objectives
Content Standard(s):
 Science SC2015 (2015) Grade: 2 3 ) Demonstrate and explain how structures made from small pieces (e.g., linking cubes, blocks, building bricks, creative construction toys) can be disassembled and then rearranged to make new and different structures. NAEP Framework NAEP Statement:: E4.6: Some Earth materials have properties either in their present form or after design and modification that make them useful in solving human problems and enhancing the quality of life, as in the case of materials used for building or fuels used for heating and transportation. NAEP Statement:: P4.4: Some objects are composed of a single substance; others are composed of more than one substance. Unpacked Content Scientific And Engineering Practices:Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCrosscutting Concepts: Energy and MatterDisciplinary Core Idea: Matter and Its InteractionsEvidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Demonstrate the disassembling of a structure into small pieces. Demonstrate the rearranging of the same small pieces into a new and different structure. Explain orally or in writing how the structure was disassembled and reassembled into a new and different structure.Teacher Vocabulary:Demonstrate Explain Structure Pieces Disassemble Rearrange DifferentKnowledge:Students know: Different properties are suited for different purposes. A great variety of objects can be built up from a small set of pieces. Structures can be disassembled and rearranged into new and different structures.Skills:Students are able to: Disassemble a structure into small pieces. Assemble a new structure using the same small pieces. Provide a written and/or oral explanation that correlates with a demonstration detailing the characteristics of the new object or objects.Understanding:Students understand that: Structures may be broken into smaller pieces and a new structure, that is different in size or shape, can be formed from the same pieces.AMSTI Resources:AMSTI Module: Matter Solids and Liquids, FOSS Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: SCI.AAS.2.3 Participate in building then disassembling structures to make new structures.
Learning Objectives:

The learner will understand that people use similar materials to build different kinds of bridges.

Students will create three different bridges using the same materials.

Strategies, Preparations and Variations