How to handle the design process at different grade
vocabulary: design, engineer
brainstorm, choose theme, plan and
set up dramatic play area
science and math themes.
observation and classification skills.
and refine structures with blocks and other manipulative.
Begin to use
design process in simplified form. Teacher models the process of
morphological analysis. Teacher and students do the process
a design challenge and a solution from a story that is familiar to
the children. Invite the children to come up with another
solution. (Choose a problem that will really engage the class.)
engineers, scientists, mathematicians. Invite some to visit the
classroom to do a presentation/demonstration.
Engage in the
whole process of finding design challenges in stories and deciding
on solutions that involve science and or math concepts as a class,
with the guidance of the teacher.
complete part of the process working in teams after beginning it as
Class reads a
book together. Teams each choose a challenge from the book and
decide on a solution that incorporates science concepts /math
choose their own books and complete the design process.