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 + science journal compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop 2nd Grade Compilation (10 lessons and Journal).
Rube Goldberg Machine integrates science, engineering, reading, and writing standards. It is a problem-solving lesson about choosing materials based on their properties for a given purpose.
1. Introduce the engineering design problem to solve: What materials should we choose to design and build a complicated machine that will flip our classroom light switch (or a similar task depending on your classroom situation)?
2. Use Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea as a Read-Aloud book over several days. As the book is read, students will look for key details in the text about Ruby and Dominic choosing and testing materials for their machine.
3. Each small group will create a design (informational writing) for a Rube Goldberg machine to do a simple task in their classroom. The class will decide on a final design based on the proposals.
4. Collectively build a Rube Goldberg machine to do a simple classroom task. Students will need to analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which have the correct properties to get the machine to work.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Second Grade, 2nd Grade, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS 2-PSI-2 & K-2-EST1-1, Next Generation Science Standards 2-PSI-2 & K-2-EST1-1