The groups are Mammals, Insects, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Fish. We have played a number of different games and read lots of books to teach us about the specific characteristics of each group.
In our studies, it came up that many animals are killed each year when trying to cross major highways and roads. Some people have built special bridges to help animals cross more safely.
We decided to take this on as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenge!
Mrs. Lowe supplied straws, tape, popsicle sticks, paper, and pipe cleaners. The rest was up to us!
Our success criteria is that the bridge had to cross a road, a truck had to fit under the bridge, and a goat needed to be able to cross on top.
We learned that it is ok to look at other people's designs to get ideas. You can also change your design if it is not working. You have to PERSEVERE because your idea might not work out on the first try.