Protecting Our City with Levees

Teams use the design process to design, build, and test a model levee to protect the town from a wall of water. A handout provides a price list for the materials learners can use to build their levee within a budget.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Align each of the materials to an actual item that may be used in levee construction
  • Have each team test and redesign their levees to either be more effective or to reduce the cost
Classroom Considerations

  • Gather the materials each group needs to build a levee
  • The 10th installment in a 12-part series
Pros

  • Using the design process to construct levees builds a skill pupils will use throughout their educational careers
  • The worksheet comes in an editable format so you can alter the materials list
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS