EarthShake lesson Plans


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Lesson 1: Pre-Assessment

30 Minutes
(OPtional)

Objective: Students will complete a pre-assessment.

Materials Needed: Pre-assessments (Worksheet - Test)

Introduction: Let students know that they will begin their lessons using the NoRILLA machine. Today they will complete their pre-assessment to show what they already know.

  • Some students will take pre-assessment A, while others will take pre-assessment B.

  • Students complete their pre-assessment.


Lesson 2: Guided Discovery Play Mode

30-45 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will observe the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will complete the play mode.

  3. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  4. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  5. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA and the pre-built blocks.

Lesson Plan in Action


Lesson 3 & 4

Lesson 3: Student Centered Play Mode

 

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will interact with play mode.

  2. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  3. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  4. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA and the pre-built blocks, drawing paper, crayons, markers, etc. Building materials such as snap cubes, LEGOs, cardboard, Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, Magnatiles, Bristle Blocks, Monkey blocks, Kinetic Sand, Rosie Revere Engineer.

Lesson 4: Student Centered Play Mode (Continuation from Lesson 3)

 

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will interact with play mode.

  2. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  3. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  4. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA and the pre-built blocks, drawing paper, crayons, markers, etc. Building materials such as snap cubes, LEGOs, cardboard, Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, Magnatiles, Bristle Blocks, Monkey blocks, Kinetic Sand.

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Lesson Plan in Action


Lesson 5: Guided Discovery TEST MY TOWER

30-45 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will observe the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will complete TEST MY TOWER.

  3. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  4. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  5. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA and LEGOs, YouTube video.

Closure: Share what students found to be interesting, intriguing, even challenging about this lesson. Recap/discuss today's lesson. Let your civil engineers know that next time they will begin brainstorming and designing their own structures to withstand an earthquake.

Lesson Plan in Action


Lesson 6 & 7

Lesson 6: Student Centered TEST MY TOWER

40 minute

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will review the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will rotate through TEST MY TOWER.

  3. Students will record attempts and times for TEST MY TOWER.

  4. Students will test structure height vs an earthquake.

  5. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  6. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  7. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA,building materials such as snap cubes, LEGOs, cardboard, Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, Magnatiles, Bristle Blocks, Monkey blocks, Kinetic Sand, Tower challenge worksheet, ruler, height worksheet, books to place buildings on.

Closure: Share what students found to be interesting, intriguing, even challenging about this lesson. Recap/discuss today's lesson. Let your civil engineers know that next time they will begin brainstorming and designing their own structures to withstand an earthquake.

Lesson 7: Student Centered TEST MY TOWER

40 minute

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will review the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will rotate through TEST MY TOWER.

  3. Students will record attempts and times for TEST MY TOWER.

  4. Students will test structure base vs an earthquake.

  5. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  6. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  7. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.


Materials Needed: NoRILLA,building materials such as snap cubes, LEGOs, cardboard, Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, Magnatiles, Bristle Blocks, Monkey blocks, Kinetic Sand, Tower challenge worksheet, ruler, Base Worksheet, books to place structures on.

Lesson Plan in Action


Lesson 8: Student Centered COMPETE Mode

40 minute

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will construct a building to withstand an earthquake.

  2. Students will participate in COMPETE mode on the NoRILLA with a partner.

  3. Students will display perseverance while completing a task.

  4. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  5. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  6. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: Famous structures worksheet, NoRILLA, building materials such as snap cubes, LEGOs, cardboard, Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, Magnatiles, Bristle Blocks, Monkey blocks, Kinetic Sand, books to place structures on.


Lesson 9 & 10

Lesson 9: Classroom Competition with COMPETE MODE

40 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will review the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will build a structure that will withstand a 5 second earthquake.

  3. Students will iterate their structure.

  4. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  5. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  6. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA, ruler, snap cubes, bristle blocks, LEGOs, plain paper for drawing, writing paper for competition mode.

Lesson 10: Classroom Competition using COMPETE Mode

40 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will review the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will build a structure that will withstand a 5 second earthquake.

  3. Students will iterate their structure.

  4. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  5. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  6. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA, ruler, snap cubes, bristle blocks, LEGOs, plain paper for drawing, writing paper for competition mode.


Lesson 11: Maker - Make your own

40 minutes

Lesson Objectives: 

  1. Students will review the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will make their own structures using paper/cardboard.

  3. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  4. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  5. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA, paper (printed Maker Worksheet), glue dots or glue, scissors, color pencils/crayons or paint.


Lesson 12: Bridges

60 minutes 

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will build a bridge strong enough to withstand an earthquake.

  2. Students will display perseverance while completing a task.

  3. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  4. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  5. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: Rosie Revere Engineer read aloud, design worksheet, building materials.


Lesson 13: Height vs Base Bar Graph

40 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will review the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will discover how height and base ratio leads to the tower falling down.

  3. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  4. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  5. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA, bar graph worksheet, LEGOs


Lesson 14: Ratio

40 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will review the procedures of NoRILLA.

  2. Students will discover how the height to width ratio affects the stability of a structure.

  3. Students will think interdependently (flexible) by working together to complete a task.

  4. Students will manage their impulsivity.

  5. Students will use precise and clear communication skills.

Materials Needed: NoRILLA, LEGOs, matrix worksheet.


Lesson 15: Post-Assessment

30 minutes

Lesson Objectives: Students will complete a post-assessment.

Materials Needed: Post-assessments A and B.

Introduction: Let students know that they have completed their lessons using the NoRILLA machine. Today they will complete their post-assessment to show what they have learned.

  • Students that took pre-assessment A will take post-assessment A.

  • Students that took pre-assessment B will take post-assessment B.

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