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Eighth graders explore the design process. In this investigative lesson students discuss as a class the concept of design and complete several assignments.
In this voltmeter learning exercise, students design and mathematically analyze a circuit they design. They also answer 17 questions about voltmeters, the voltage in given schematics, and the resistance in voltmeters.
Line and Design
All students are interested in graphic design. This activity taps into this interest to have students learn about graphic elements.
Understanding Stage Design: Using Visual Elements to Provide Information to an Audience
Students study about theatrical design by developing environments for improvised and scripted scenes. They develop focused ideas for an environment using visual elements.
Students recognize that staghorn coral helps reef growth in the Caribbean. In this Coral Reef lesson, students design a habitat model using various art materials to explain how staghorn coral helps the reef grow. Students share their artworks using correct art vocabulary.
Traveling Through Time and the Consideration of Design
Young scholars develop a greater understanding of how societal and environmental effects existing during each period of time impacted the development of design styles. For this technology lesson plan, students develop an awareness of what those forces were and through that understanding develop their own design project that will evidence what the future might in fact look like.
The Design Process: Paper-Cutting
Students identify the goals of the project, create possible solutions to the challenges and work on their ideas until they evolve to the point of completion. They produce models and designs of their solutions and assess their proposal and grade the quality of the solutions proposed.
China, Korea and Japan… Designing for a Purpose
Learners delve into Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art. In this geography lesson plans, students gain an understanding about the importance of form and function and design for a purpose in China, Korea and Japan cultures.
What's the Best Design to Float Your Boat?
Learners design a boat with buoyancy. In this designing a boat with buoyancy lesson, students design a boat out of foil, tape, clay, glue, toothpicks, straws, etc. Learners design a boat that displaces the most water. Students watch a few short videos about buoyancy to help them design their boat.
Design: The Wright Way
Students recognize the basic concepts of architectural design, geometrical shapes, elements of design, creativity, basic math, and design concepts. They apply them to the creative process by creating a design project.
Pupils examine how a community works together to protect them from fire. They work together to design a functional tool that could be helpful in fighting fires. They share their tool with the class.
New! Folding Matters
Have your physical scientists try some engineering origami by examining how the folding of materials can have practical and beneficial applications. Teams use their convoluted cortexes to collaborate on constructing a solar panel that is 30 x 90 cm in size, but that will fit into a standard foil dispensing box. Student handout pages include background reading information, a place to design their panels, and reflection questions. Consider having real examples of foldable items avaiable for your lesson plan, such as an umbrella in its cover, a collapsible cup or telescope, or a hand fan.
Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long activity, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars. If you live in an area that doesn't get much sun, it may be best to do this activity when you have the best chance of clear skies so the cars can be tested outside. Cover multiple Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Common Core literacy standards in a fun and exciting way.
Ship the Chip
Engineers face a variety of challenges to solve; help your future engineers practice designing a solution to a simple, yet common issue: shipping items without damage. Teams will work together to design and test a shipping system for a single potato chip; success will be based upon how many pieces the chip is in once it has been through the postal system and returned to the school - the fewer breaks, the higher the score.
Cardiac Arrest! Using Forensics to Investigate Cardiovascular Anatomy and Function
Students identify the different parts and functions of the cardiovascular system. In this forensics lesson, students collect and analyze evidence on a fictional crime. They describe different causes of cardiac arrest.
Students explore simple and compound machines. In groups of four students, they design a compound machine using K'NEX that has a stated purpose and consists of at least two simple machines.
Exploring Function Graphs
This is comprehensive lesson plan that explores different types of function graphs. Young mathematicians graph each data set, describe the characteristics of the graph, and identify the type of function represented, Learners also identify the similarities and differences in the data and graphs, and make predictions based on the functions.
Designing, Creating and Testing Waterslides: A Bums-on Approach
Young scholars work in groups to research, design, and create model water park using line segment theories coordinate. They produce individual design portfolios that include their ideas and opinions, design solutions, sketches and research notes. Student trip to water park for field testing is suggested. Four lessons on one page.
Designing an Underwater Habitat for Humans
Young scholars consider the limitations of deep water oceanography and design an underwater habitat to support scientists while they complete long term studies under the ocean. In this engineering lesson, students are introduced to the difficulties encountered in creating a functional underwater habitat.
Aboriginal Voices in Canadian Contemporary Art
Learners study the art work of aboriginalists and create art work of their own to demonstrate an understanding of the art form. In this art lesson plan, students create 3D art and experiment with color combinations.