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Peter's Pocket – Stacy Lorah and Paul Thom
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Keats, E. J. (1976)
The Snowy Day
New York: NY: Puffin Books. [40 Pages; ISBN 9780140501827]
URL (Read Aloud): www.ezra-jack-keats.org/read-aloud/the-snowy-day/
Book image courtesy of Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/Snowy-Day-Ezra-Jack-Keats/)
Grade Level: K-1
Peter awakes one day to see that it snowed. He spends his day doing snow-related activities such as making snow angels, snowmen, and snowballs. He attempts to keep a snowball for later in his pocket. Later that night while taking a bath, Peter remembers to check on his snowball. When he looks in his pocket, it is soaking wet. Peter is sad that his snowball is gone, but he wakes the next morning to even more snow and more snow fun.
After reading the book aloud with the class, the teacher will present the states of matter, and relate them to Peter’s melted snowball. Students will work in small groups to design and build a pocket-sized container where snow or ice will be kept cold. The students will test their solution for change in temperature, discuss their results, and share the results through visual presentations with their peers.
The goal of this lesson is for students to design and build a product that takes properties of materials into consideration, while logging their experiences through the engineering design process.
Students will be able to:
Common Core Standards (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2019):
English Language Arts:
◦ Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
◦ Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
◦ Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group.
◦ Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013):
K-2-ETS1-1, Engineering Design
◦ Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEA/ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007):
Standard 8, K-2, Benchmark A
◦ Everyone can design solutions to a problem.
Standard 11, K-2, Benchmark B
◦ Build or construct an object using the design process.
Peter spent the day playing in the snow. After a long day, Peter decided to make a snowball and put it in his pocket for later. While taking his nightly bath, Peter remembered that he left his snowball in his pocket. By the time he checked to see if his snowball was still there, all that was left was water. Can you make a better container for Peter that would keep his snowball from melting so quickly?
Plan and build a pocket-sized container that will keep ice or snow at the coldest temperature for at least 15 minutes.
Criteria and Constraints
The container must meet these expectations:
Note: Ice cubes or snow do not fully melt in 15 minutes.
• Poster Link: http://bit.ly/SnowyDayPoster
• Design Journal: http://bit.ly/SnowyDayJournal
Common Core State Standards Initiative. (2019). Common core state standards. Retrieved from www.corestandards.org/
International Technology Education Association (ITEA/ITEEA). (2000/2002/2007). Standards for technological literacy: Content for the study of technology. Reston, VA: Author.
Keats, E. J. (1976). The snowy day. New York: NY: Puffin Books.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Lead States. (2013). Next generation science standards: For states, by states. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Stacey Lorah is a graduate student at Millersville University. She is a preschool teacher at Head Start in Lancaster County, PA. Stacey has been working with preschool students for the past 14 years. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Thom is a High School Technology/Engineering Education Teacher at Littlestown High School. He is pursuing his M.Ed. Degree in Technology & Innovation at Millersville University. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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