Lesson Plan

Designing a Shade Structure

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Bring the learning outdoors with an enjoyable activity about Earth's heating, sunlight, and shade. Scholars use problem-solving skills as they design, build, and test a sunshade structure. Participants view a video summarizing the features of an effective sunshade to conclude the activity.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members participate in a think-pair-share to discuss images
  • Assist designers with shelter construction as needed
Classroom Considerations
  • Collect supplies and check the weather forecast; requires a sunny day
  • Contains guided instructional notes
  • Introduces young learners to engineering concepts
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