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4th Graders Infuse Science and Engineering into Reading Class


4th graders in Mrs. Archer’s Reading Class have been reading the book entitled Dear Mr. Henshaw.  The main character in the book, Leigh Botts, encounters a problem when someone keeps stealing items out of his lunch box.  His solution to the problem is to build an alarm for his lunch box to keep the thieves out!!

    To go along with the story, students were then challenged to design, build and test their own alarms.  Students were given a variety of supplies, including tin foil, wire,tape, metal clips, clothes pins, batteries, alarms and card stock.  The process included a design phase, where prior knowledge of electrical circuits with the use of switches was very helpful.  After drawing their initial design, students built and tested their alarms on various objects in the room.  

    It took some groups several tries to get their alarm to sound, which was a great lesson to learn in science and engineering.  4th graders persevered, and showed that they can indeed build and design their own alarms.  It was a lot of fun!

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