In this Mystery, students examine structures like roots, branches, and leaves that keep trees from blowing down. They use their observations to create their own tree-inspired umbrellas that stay up in the wind.
Why do you think trees don’t get blown down by the wind, but umbrellas do?
To help us figure it out, let’s pretend to be trees blowing in the wind. Maybe that will give us some ideas! Go to the next slide to begin.
What ideas do trees give you, for making an umbrella that won’t blow down in the wind?
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This video read-aloud of The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is the story of a girl struggling to create a truly “magnificent thing.”
Students will enjoy the surprise at the end of the book and will learn about the process of engineering design along the way.