Internet SearchesWe're going to be doing research on different inventors, so it was time to investigate what constitutes a good search. I used the following resources from Google Search Education -- the lesson was adapted slightly based on the age of the students.
Beginner 1: Picking the right search terms (lesson plan)
How Search Works (YouTube video)
But what the kids probably enjoyed the most was...
The Straw Bridge Challenge!15 straws, 25 cm of masking tape, 1 pair of scissors. Go!!!
Students worked in groups of 2 - 4 people and with very little resources and very little time (5 minutes) they had to build a bridge that could span a 30 cm gap. Oh, and the bridge had to be able to support a coffee can and up to 9 golf balls! Students from all classes amazed me with:
- How well they worked together in their groups. A time limited task like this can challenge even the most cooperative group!
- The diversity of bridges they built.