In other news, I finished my Invention Investigations unit this week and wanted to share some pictures of my students' inventions. They were priceless!
This group had to solve the problem of growing out of clothes. They found a new material that will continue to stretch as you grow. Like spandex does for your waist!
This group created a watch that will scan the floor for your pencil and put it on the watch for you to find. It also beeps to alert you when it's ready. So futuristic!
At the end of the unit, students have the opportunity to pose their own problem and create an invention to solve the problem. They have to complete a detailed tree map describing their invention and then a multiflow map to give the reasons as to why or how the invention will solve the problem. It was a lot of writing but so good for them! Here are a few of the inventions:
"Dorothy" a device that helps tornado chasers predict tornadoes and sensors that travel inside the twister.
The students all brought in recyclables and could use any material for their invention. I've never seen such creativity and absolute engagement. Not one behavior for over an hour during the creation stage!
They presented their invention to the class and the questions they were asking one another were amazing. They would ask clarifying questions that really made the inventor think and most of the times they would decide to change their design. This unit goes along with Meet Ben Franklin from the Treasures Basal series but would also be great for a unit on recycling around Earth Day.
You can check out the unit on TPT!