We have been back in school for 8 days. For most of those days, I have had students attempting to build marble runs. This was not a teacher directive. They just love playing and investigating with marbles.
Today I challenged my students to either build a marble run or a tower. As they built, they had to record directions. The project was a great success. The students were engaged and they truly took a scientific approach to building and writing.
They were engineers. This student combined two blocks using a rubber band so that the marble would roll over the blocks.
Some finished while others still want to continue to recreate.
They shared and taught 1st graders how they built it.
They were unique and authentic. This was a Greek house. Now another student wants to learn about Greece.
Most importantly, they had fun collaborating and writing.
Some chose to make small marble runs.
They deliberated as they collaborated.
They measured as they built.
They wrote detailed instructions.
They were creative.
Student Choices: partner choice, space choice, tool choice, building choice