We had a special visitor in our classroom throughout the month of December. The kiddos named him Minty Moostle-Toe. Moose on the Loose joined us to bring cheer, smiles, laughs and to make sure we were following our classroom vision. Each day he hid in a different spot or did something mischievous in our classroom. Today, on his last day with us, he toilet papered our classroom. To say we were surprised was an understatement.
The campers worked together to build the tallest snowman they could using simple materials. They had 4 pieces on thick paper, 5 pipe cleaners, 4 large popsicle sticks, 4 small popsicle sticks and 24 inches of tape. They had 25 minutes of design time. The students had so much fun engineering and were very creative.
The campers learned that a Pilgrim is someone who goes on a long journey. They learned about the long voyage the Pilgrims endured on their journey to the New World. The Mayflower was a sailing and cargo ship. The Mayflower was not made to carry people but brought over 100 people to the New World. On November 9th, 1620, the Mayflower reached what we now call, Massachusetts.
After learning about the Mayflower, campers were challenged to create their own version of the Mayflower using simple materials.
* 10 wikki sticks
* 5 toothpicks
* 10 craft sticks
* 1 foot of tinfoil
* 5 sticky notes
* 5 beads
The challenge was to design a boat using only the materials above. Students did not have to use all the supplies, but they were not given more. The boat needed to float and hold the weight of 5 pennies to represent the cargo that the Mayflower carried. Students had 20 minutes to complete this engineering project. They worked with a partner and first had to brainstorm their ideas for construction.
Testing Our Boat Designs
After 20 minutes, Camp Davis made a circle on the floor eagerly awaiting to test our boat designs in a bucket of water.