Insights: Grade 6 Structures Student Science Notebook
Author(s): Education Development Center Inc
In this module, students begin to develop an understanding of some of the basic principles that answer the question, "Why do structures stand up?" They look at structures in the school neighborhood, observing the variety in size, shape, material, and function. They build their own structures, using straws, index cards, and other materials.
As they build, students explore some of the basic concepts of standing structures. These include live load, dead load, tension and compression, and the role of shapes and trusses. By comparing their structures with those in their community, students learn how structure and design are influenced by function, materials, and aesthetics.
Writing is an integral part of learning science in the Insights curriculum, and a critical skill used by scientists. One of the most important tools of the scientist is the science notebook. In this notebook, students will record questions and predictions; observations and data; and interpretations and conclusions. Students may also use this notebook for informal sketches, notes, and reflections on work.