Straws and pipe cleaners were cut and all materials were bagged for each student. After showing the class how to assemble a square, students were asked to make a second square. We then asked them to try to figure out how to turn our 2 squares into a cube. One student said, "It isn't a cube because it is flat like a square not fat like a cube." Yes, you have been listening! A couple students figured it out independently, but many needed a little problem solving assistance. My favorite part of the whole process was seeing students who finished early helping their classmates figure it all out. It was not the students I expected to be helping, and that made it all the better!
|A finished product|
|One square complete. Look Miss Hennon, it can balance! Oh goodness... :)|
|I'm loving the team work!|