Last week I revisited one of my favorite lessons, and most popular posts, The Big Bad Wolf! I busted out my old hairdryer and taped on some new ears, and we were in business.
Originally, the lesson was part of a fairy tale unit I did with kindergarteners. It's an awesome STEAM lesson where you build a pig house using fun materials and then see if the Big Bad Wolf, aka my hairdryer, can blow it down.
This year, I had fun with my second grade class after reading "Ant and the Three Little Figs" along with a variety of other Three Little Pig stories, our favorite being The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. We also got to talk about force, stability, weight, problem-solving, predictions, and balance. It's all in there!original and had similar results. The changes, however, were due mostly in part to older age of the kids.
The house of recycled boxes did quite well. I was impressed with their strategy to put boxes inside of boxes to give the structure more weight. It stood up quite well to the Big Bad Wolf!
Next time, I think I'll allow the kids to choose their materials so that they have more at stake and perhaps take out the Lego option all together. If you've tried this activity with your students, I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas!
What can your wolf blow down?!