Students work with the Lego® Education WeDo™ Activity Pack. WeDo™ enables students to work as young scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and creative writers providing them with the settings, tools, and tasks for completing cross-curriculum projects. Students are encouraged to build and program a working model and then use the model for different purposes depending upon the theme of the activity.
The WeDo™ Activity Pack will be used in the ALPS classroom to help students meet the following learning goals:
Phase 1: Before their imaginary journey to a fossil site, students learn they are members of the dinosaur research project. Each member of each learning team will role play a peaceful plant-eating dinosaur who must search for food, care for its young, and avoid T-Rex. As this phase ends, teams are allowed to select fossil sites.
Phase 2: Students learn how to extract fossils, lay out grid lines, and map and label their finds.
Phase 3: Students assemble fossils and use their knowledge to complete a dinosaur discovery report.
Other activities include creating their own dinosaur, performing a dinosaur history shadow play, and making a dinosaur book.
Weather Reporter, an Earth and space science unit, engages students in a scenario-based approach to observing, measuring, and analyzing weather phenomena. Focusing on the macroconcept of change, Weather Reporter builds upon students’ prior knowledge of weather and their newly acquired understanding of meteorology and encourages them to use inquiry skills to observe, predict, and forecast the weather. Weather Reporter promotes lifelong learning by encouraging students to investigate naturally occurring weather patterns after the completion of the unit.
Apple Valley School is a simulation that helps students develop background knowledge on American history and education as they learn about school during pioneer times. Students “attend” classes at a one-room schoolhouse in the last half of the 19th century and work to earn points to graduate from the Apple Valley School.
Students discover the beginnings of the public school system and experience what it would be like to be a student in the 1850s. They role-play life as a teacher and a student in the past as they develop an appreciation of progress made in education.
The students begin their journey back in time when they are given a new student identity with a new name, age, and family history. Each student will write diary entries, conduct interviews, and work in small cooperative groups where they will make decisions about simulated problems. Through these activities, the students earn points toward graduation.
Your child will bring home a list of projects about pioneer days called CHALLENGE TASKS. If your child chooses to work on a CHALLENGE TASK at home, try to be supportive of his or her efforts. You might help gather materials and offer suggestions when needed, but don’t do the project for your child. Enthusiasm and effort are more important than a “perfect” diorama, story, or poem.