Angela Carter 5th grade Science February 1, 2011 Materials: 8 colored mini-marshmallows per student 10 toothpicks per

student 1 pencil per student Post-it notes Illinois State Goals: STATE GOAL 11: Understand the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments, and solve problems. B. Know and apply the concepts, principles, and processes of technological design. 11.B.2c Build a prototype of the design using available tools and materials. Lesson Objective: To assemble two similar structures with only written communication and without any visual clues. Anticipatory Set: Tomorrow we are going on our field trip to the Challenger. You have been learning about the different jobs at NASA. What do you think one of the most important skills are required to do their jobs? Communication! There are many different types of communication. Can anyone name a few? (written, verbal and visual) Today we will work with written communication. Instructional Procedures: Discuss the importance of communication. Explain the directions of the project. o No talking to each other! o Set back to back with your partner. o Determine which partner is Mission Control and Spacecraft. o Mission Control constructs their craft. o All instructions must be addressed to the other party. (MC and SC) o Mission Control will write an instruction on their Post-it note describing a step in the construction of the craft. o Once Spacecraft receives the message, they must complete that step in their construction of their craft.

Explain the rubric and the areas that they will be assessed. Spacecraft needs to send a message addressed to Mission Control stating that they are ready to continue with the next step of instruction. observe. I will walk around. . Accommodations: Students with learning disabilities will perform the duty of the Spacecraft and recreate Mission Controls instructions. they will compare their crafts for likeness. and guide students when necessary.o Once this step is completed. The students will complete page 68 worksheet. Summary: Today we learned about the importance of communications. As you learned. and reflective practices in accordance with a rubric. team work. it can be vital to the mission to fully understand a message and to clearly communicate a message. Evaluations: Evaluations of the students will be based on clear directions given. Guided Practice: Students will complete their structures through written communication. Independent Practice: Students will complete a worksheet that is reflective of the communication activity. A paraprofessional will act as a scribe for messages to their partner and assist in reading the messages to the student when needed. Tomorrow while working in your various groups remember and apply some of the strategies you learned today. following directions. Once both teams have completed their structure. score the rubric for team work. Attach all communication messages to the worksheet and turn in together.

Name:________________________________________ Partner’s Name:________________________________ Communicate It! 1. 2. How could you improve on your communications skills? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 4. Did you construct a structure exactly like your partner? __________________________________________________________ What was the most difficult part of this project? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 3. Describe three other ways people communicate. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ . and explain the strong and weak points of those ways.

Following Directions.student demonstrates understanding of the importance of communication. but may need more experiences to be prepared for a mission. 2 3 Comments:________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ . Please check appropriate boxes and make comments in the space provided.student is ready to incorporate all aspects of this area successfully in a mission. 1 Creating Clear Directionsstudent was able to use written language to create concise directions._____________________________________________________________ Kalamazoo Valley Museum * Kalamazoo Valley Community College February 1996 68 Name:_____________________________________ Partner’s Name:_____________________________ Communicate It! Scoring Guide 1= Unsatisfactory.student was able to follow written directions successfully.student shows basic knowledge of some concepts in this area. Teamworkstudent worked cooperatively with a partner. was able to be patient and not become frustrated.student shows little if any knowledge in this area. Reflection & Discussion. 3= Proficient. 2= Nearly Proficient.

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