I am so excited to begin seeing our Library Lab program begin to unfold. Our first project began this week with a lesson in architecture and structures.
The story: For our Pre-K-2nd grades I read Building our House by Jonathan Bean. A lovely story about a family who builds their own house together.
The Discussion: What sorts of things do architects and construction workers have to take into account when they think about building?
What types of activities will happen in the building?
What about materials?
The activities: Students had two choices of activities. First, build a marshmallow structure for our playground using mini marshmallows and toothpicks. In addition to mini marshmallows and toothpicks, I also made available paper and writing utensils in case kids wanted to sketch or plan their towers before building.
The other option was to create a clay structure for our new fish.
I was so pleased to see them think, toil, collaborate and make thoughtful considerations. The results of their efforts were wonderful.
Although it will be a few weeks before the clay structures are ready for our fish to try out, here are a few photos of our students’ work. Check back next week to see what we get into next.