Teaching through Trade Books: If You Build It...by: Christine Anne Royce

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From the youngest ages children construct buildings, bridges, towers, and anything else that comes to mind using a variety of materials. This month’s books and activities take this interest in construction and build on it by allowing students to experiment with structures, their design, and how they withstand forces. Through building activities young students start to develop science concepts associated with engineering and technology, while older students are able to put their knowledge of structures to the test in the design process.

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  • on Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:14 PM

This series of trade books deals with the processes of construction and building. Young children can see this is any environment whether rural or urban. Young children will develop science concepts associated with engineering and technology with the trade books suggested in the article. More importantly the activity called “Let’s Try It Out”, provided for students in grades K-3, will help them explore how forces can affect different structures.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:44 AM

Young children love to build things with blocks and other materials. This article describes two books about building bridges. The first book is for primary grade children and the second is for intermediate grade children. These are both followed by excellent lesson plans that allow students to experience engineering design.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:09 PM

The author of this article has chosen trade books that help children explore the basic principles of science, technology and engineering while engaging in bridge and tower building activities. Two separate inquiry lessons are included: one for grades K–3 and one for grades 4–6. The lesson plans and book choices provide students with an excellent introduction as to how science content and engineering skills are important in order to create useful structures in everyday life. The final challenge for the K-3rd grade group is constructing a building using beams made from straws, clay and paper. In grades 4-6, students build bridges using just paper and tape.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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