SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

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24 APRIL 2018 SchoolArts F or a STEAM-based lesson, I wanted my first-grade students to be able to recognize six differ - ent types of bridges: truss, sus- pension, cantilever, beam, arch, and cable-stayed, in order to design their own bridges. I also wanted students to use mixed media to understand bridge design through hands-on E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D BUILDING Julie Stone BRIDGES tle knowledge of the different types of bridges. Based on the results, I created a handout that provided specifics of what I wanted students to know. We also viewed a slideshow presentation which provided three simple points to know about each bridge: length, purpose, and cost (expensive or inexpensive) based on the materials used. Once students had studied the handout, they had a clearer under- standing of historical perspectives on bridges, especially Asian and Roman influences. The handout helped them retain the information, which in turn helped them as they designed their own bridges. Thinking About a Budget Students next learned that engineers are given a budget and have to have an understanding of the principles of physics in order to create differ - ent kinds of bridges. As they began manipulation of materials that repre- sent structural strength. Pre-Assessment I started by giving students a multiple choice pre-assessment to find out what they might already know about bridges. To say the least, the pre-assess - ment made clear that students had lit- Paris, texture bridge.

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