2021-2022第二学期 PBL项目式学习| The Pasta Tower（意大利面塔）
I spy another super fun activity for our students! They love playing and looking for different objects in shapes and colors. They are so curious about colors, shapes, and the world around them! That's why I'm pretty sure that this 3D Shapes made of Pasta activity is perfect for any little learner working on learning their shapes. The brightly colored images of objects from the real world will engage them when they open this activity.
Children need to learn about 3D shapes in geometry from kindergarten and first grade onwards. Learning these 3D shapes helps children identify and organize visual information and help students learn skills in other areas. And since our current lesson is all about food, we incorporate food (the pasta) and shapes in this activity.
This activity can be frustrating for children, and they will need more support and encouragement. Like in real life, some things cannot be done quickly. And we, parents and teachers, are required to guide them well in every step. However, they will have a great sense of achievement once they have mastered and accomplished the project.
This project aims at three life learning’s:
1. Increase and involves students being able to use shapes to describe an object in the
2. Learn a variety of problem-solving and sequencing skills;
3. Allows students to connect mapping objects in the classroom to real-world contexts
regarding direction and place.
With this activity, students can expand their exploration of different shapes, tension, and compression, just like engineers who build high-rise buildings and houses. We give our students some materials such as pasta, clay dough, and a ruler to provide 3D shapes independently and provide a pasta tower with their chosen partner. With the 3D shapes, they have to create two 3D shapes that we learn from our previous lessons. And with pasta tower, their job is to build a structure as tall and as strong as possible, using the available materials.
Claire:"I felt nervous and got panicked while building the tower. And it would be more difficult when it gets higher and higher. But it was all worth it after all."
Shawn:"When I did the shapes, they were easy. But when I did the tower, I was shaking and wanted to quit. But I learned to be patient."
Alex:"It's hard to do a project with a specific number of materials as required. But it's easier to make the shapes than the pyramid using pasta."
Ian:"Using pasta to make the tower is hard. It's too long and soft to make a tower. We need to focus."
Tommy:"For me, I thought doing this project was easy. However, I realized it was hard to make a tower stand firm when I was doing it, so I tried a lot to finish it."