# ALEX Lesson Plan

## Dam Engineering

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 Author: Michelle Phillips System: Chickasaw City School: Chickasaw City Elementary School
General Lesson Information
 Lesson Plan ID: 35511 Title: Dam Engineering Overview/Annotation: In Math, students will draw a t-chart to represent dam and flood data obtained from their reading resource. Students will select the information they wish to use from the reading resource (their opinions). Students will then use rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch to measure lengths and construct a scale model of their own dam, which they can later construct in Science. Students will represent data in a graph and use measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Students will test their scale dams and make changes as needed. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
Associated Standards and Objectives
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Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will create graphs from data collected and evaluate the information to solve new problems.

Students will measure the lengths of objects using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch.

Students will write an opinion piece using data to support their reasoning.

Preparation Information
 Total Duration: Greater than 120 Minutes Materials and Resources: Student MaterialsReading *Copy for all students or project for class to view as a whole Rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch.Paper.Pencil.Possible supply list.Data chart (see attached document).Dam supplies listed on possible supply list (see attached document).Water tub.Teacher MaterialsProjector or Smartboard to show videoComputerInternet AccessWater Wheel Video (end of page) https://www.kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/whats-good-and-whats-bad-about-hydropower/Graph Example Technology Resources Needed: InternetTeacher ComputerSmartboard/Projector Background/Preparation: Students should have read the reading article and previously studied natural disasters. Students should be comfortable using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch and have an understanding of the term “scale drawing.” Students should also understand that dams are sometimes used for power (hydroelectric).The teacher needs to be familiar with the article and natural disasters (such as floods). The teacher needs to be comfortable with the use of dams and the construction of a small class dam in a tub. The teacher may extend the activity to building a larger scale dam. The teacher should be familiar with creating a dam in a tub (such as a storage tub) full of water in the classroom and have a plan for cleanup of supplies and containers full of water.
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