Building Things | Alberta Curriculum

Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
Building Things | Alberta Curriculum
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This unit aligns perfectly with the Alberta First Grade curriculum. It is the final unit in my Science series. This unit is unlike the others as it's a uniquely hands-on unit. Please read the full description below prior to purchasing this unit.

I taught first grade twice during my time with EPSB. Both times, I attempted to use the brown book to teach Building Things. Following steps to build pre-designed structures and objects within a short period of time proved to be an unattainable task for many of my students. I found myself feeling anxious and frustrated when they weren’t able to complete the tasks that I assigned. Building things should be FUN, not stressful.

This resource is my attempt to bring joy and meaningful learning back into Building Things. It encourages students to explore and build structures and objects at their own pace and ability level. Due to the hands-on nature of this topic, it is far less structured than my other Science units and is heavily influenced by the current “maker” and “STEM” trends.

The unit begins with a week-long “building challenge.” During this first week, students will select appropriate materials to design and build a variety of unique objects. The second week is more structured – students will be asked to follow steps to build certain kinds of shelters, vehicles, toys, and boats. During the third and final week, students will compare two objects that have been constructed for the same purpose and will learn to recognize those purposes.

OUTCOMES & ACTIVITIES:
1. Select appropriate materials to design and build objects, such as buildings, furniture, toys, and boats.
→ Instructions for preparing for and organizing a four-day building challenge where your students will select materials to build unique objects.
→ Supporting documents such as a material list, editable group list, reward tracking sheet, planning pages, and a reflection page.

2. Identify component parts of personally constructed objects, and describe the purpose of each part.
→ Choose four STEM challenges from a large selection curated on my Pinterest board.
→ Accompanying student worksheet

3. Compare two objects that have been constructed for the same purpose, identifying parts that correspond as well as similarities/differences
Venn diagrams → compare vehicles and toys
→ Comparing objects PDF file (helpful images to promote discussion)

4. Recognize that products are often developed for specific purposes, and identify the overall purpose for each model and artifact constructed.
→ Cut & paste printable
What's Its Purpose? PDF file with images to promote discussion
→ Paper/digital sort {BOOM CARD DECK}

✅ View the PREVIEW file for a closer look at the unit (not all pages shown).

PLEASE NOTE: I've aligned this unit with the Alberta curriculum, though many of the outcomes may overlap in your home province or state.

Thank you for your interest in this resource!

OTHER SCIENCE UNITS:
Creating Colour Unit
Seasonal Changes Unit
My Five Senses Unit
Needs of Animals and Plants Unit

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