The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because they need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative the science standards be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop series does just that. As a matter of fact, this lesson is also included as a part of a larger, 10 lesson compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop 1st Grade Compilation (All 10 lessons together).
The Best String Telephone is a lesson designed to meet two of the NGSS science performance standards for first grade: 1-PS4-4 and K-2-ETS1-2. Building the best string telephone meets both the physical science standard and the engineering standard. Students will develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. This lesson integrates science, reading, and writing standards. It is a lesson about testing different string telephone variables and, as a result, building the best string telephone based on data and evidence.
1. Read a segment of the book, Henry and the Paper Route by Beverly Cleary is a story that mentions boys using a string telephone between houses. It establishes the problem to be solved in this lesson.
2. Test string telephone variables.
3. Write a proposal (informational writing) for developing the best possible string telephone based on the results of the tested variables.
4. Build the model based on the proposals.
5. Test, revise, and improve the final model.
This standard builds on the lesson about sound energy transferring via vibrations. This is a problem-solving standard. The standard challenges students to communicate using sound or light across a distance. Students will have more choices and be responsible for more of the planning in this lesson than in previous lessons. Groups will investigate different string telephone variables, and then collectively contribute to the best classroom design.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS 1-PS4-4 & K-2-ETS1-2, Next Generation Science Standards 1-PS4-4 & K-2-ETS1-2