Launch the Engage Section
ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.
- InstructInstruct how to make a house using ideas such as creasing a paper to stand without using glue. After making the houses, students will add their house to a classroom city. Once the city is created, create a path through the city that will represent a road. Students can add obstacles to the road using classroom items. Students will be asked to think about how the 123 Robot will travel through the city on the road while avoiding obstacles.
- DistributeDistribute recycled materials such as cardboard and paper to the students.
the building process:
- Each student will make their own house.
- After making the house, the student will add it to the classroom city by placing it on the classroom floor or the 123 Tiles (if available).
- The teacher will start a path through the class city. Students will engineer a path, adding more pieces of paper to connect the houses using a road, until a route is complete throughout the built city.
- Make the path using construction paper in a straight line about 13cm (~5 in) wide.
- Allow students to put obstacles along the road of the city that they will have to navigate. Ensure that the obstacles would not completely block the 123 Robot from maneuvering around it on the road.
- Once all students have built a house and added it to the city, group students together in pairs or small groups of three for the Play sections.
- OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as groups build together.
- Show pictures of various paper houses for clarification.
- If working in earlier grades, allow for all students in the group to be builders and then offer journaling as a choice board activity.
- Allow students to use materials that they are familiar with and enjoy.
- Allow students to fail, but model how to react before the challenge begins:
- “Did something go wrong? Great! How can I use this mistake to improve my design?”
- For students that finish early, ask how they can develop their project:
- “Was your project easy? How can you add another challenge to your project?”