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Fun Frogs
Lab 2 - I'm a Big Frog Now

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Summary

Materials Needed

The following is a list of all the materials that are needed to complete the VEX GO Lab. These materials include student facing materials as well as teacher facilitation materials. It is recommended that you assign two students to each VEX GO Kit.

In some Labs, links to teaching resources in a slideshow format have been included. These slides can help provide context and inspiration for your students. Teachers will be guided in how to implement the slides with suggestions throughout the lab. All slides are editable, and can be projected for students or used as a teacher resource. To edit the Google Slides, make a copy into your personal Drive and edit as needed.

Other editable documents have been included to assist in implementing the Labs in a small group format. Print the worksheets as is or copy and edit those documents to suit the needs of your classroom. Example Data Collection sheet setups have been included for certain experiments as well as the original blank copy. While they offer suggestions for setup, these documents are all editable to best suit your classroom and the needs of your students.

Materials Purpose Recommendation

VEX GO Kit

Building the habitat and the models in Engage, Play Part 1 and Play Part 2.

1 kit per group

VEX GO Tile

To use as a base for the habitat build.

Assemble several together for the class habitat diorama

Pin Tool

For use in building and adapting models.

1 per group

Build Instructions

For creating the models.

1 set per group

Lab 2 Image Slideshow

Editable Google Slideshow, visual aids for teacher facilitation.

1 per class

Robotics Roles & Routines

Editable Google Doc for organizing group work and materials.

1 per group

Camera, iPad, or other device

For taking photos in the Field Journal.

1 per group, or 1 for class to share

Pencils

For completing written portion.

1 per student

Field Journal Page

Editable Google Doc that can be used for Field Journal Pages.

Several pieces per group

Classroom craft materials (i.e. paper, markers, pipe cleaners, small blocks, wood pieces, etc.)

For creating the habitat in the Engage section.

Shared materials for whole class use

Engage

Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Let’s think a little more about our frog’s habitat. What else lives there? What other organisms could be a part of the frog’s habitat?

  2. Leading Question

    Let’s think specifically about the animals and insects. What are some creatures that live alongside the frog in this habitat?

  3. Build Using the VEX GO Kit and classroom materials, groups will construct additional animals and insects to add to the existing habitat, which will continue to be a staging area for their froglet and adult frog models.

Play

Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Using the VEX GO Build Instructions, student groups will construct models of froglets. When they have completed their model, they will place it in the habitat and photograph it for their Field Journal pages.  Then, they will write a description of that phase of the frog’s life cycle from either a scientific or a creative perspective.

Mid-Play Break

How did your build go? Are there any questions about the instructions? How did you describe the froglet in your Field Journal pages?

Part 2

Using the VEX GO Build Instructions, student groups will construct models of adult frogs. Upon completion, they will complete the next page of the Field Journal pages, as in Part 1.

Share

Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts