(5-60 minute lessons)
Week 1: Introduce/Explore the Design Process
Students will be introduced to the design process “LAUNCH” with a short 5 day design challenge created by John Spencer and AJ Juliani called “Design a City for Superheros.”
They will go through the design process to create a city for a superhero. They will share their superhero and city with their classmates and classmates will choose their favorite.
Students will reflect in their LAUNCH notebook.
Week 2: Look, Listen and Learn
- Students will identify their audience
- Students will research the needs of their audience
Day 1 (30 min): Digital Tool Focus: Taking photos and saving them to their drive.
Day 2 (30 min): Digital Citizenship Focus:
Day 3 Take a trip to visit community play spaces
- Visit Play Cafe and Panasonic Risupia and play “I SPY.” Students take notes on toys that catch their attention. They are looking for FUN, INTERESTING and GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT toys.
- What types of toys and games do you enjoy? Why?
- What game or toy doesn’t exist but should?
- I would like to create a _________________that can_______________ because___________________.
- As a whole group, we will design questions and create a survey to find out what types of toys other children wish they had.
- Sketch four toy ideas. Choose two ideas and sketch them in a different what. What could they change or improve about those two toys?
Answer questions in design thinking notebook and sketch potential toy designs.
Week 3: Ask Tons of Questions
- Students will generate inquiry questions
- Students will begin to research answers to their questions.
Day 1 (30 min.) Digital Tool Focus: Create a Seesaw Account
Day 2 (30 min) Digital Citizenship Focus: Going Places Safely
Day 3 (60 min)
- Generate questions about potential toy designs
- In their Genius Hour Notebook students will generate questions in the four broad categories: the client (kids), the toy, the materials, and the process.
- Students share their questions with a partner and record more questions together.
Students generate questions in four broad categories and record in their notebook.
Week 4: Understand the Problem
- Students will use appropriate tools to conduct research to find answers to their questions.
Day 1 (30 min.) Digital Tool Focus: Creating a survey using google forms
Day 2 (30 min.) Digital Citizenship Focus: Using kid friendly search engines, websites and search terms. (Ask librarian to teach students online research skills during library time)
- Go to kidzsearch.com
- Discuss what happens when we enter a search term. Model how to enter a search term, skip ADs and look for articles that fit what we are looking for.
- What happens when we enter too many words?
- What happens when our search term doesn’t fit our research?
- What is a good search term?
- Enter 1 or 2 good search terms you can use to find answers to your questions.
- Now try the search terms “diy toys”
- Take turns entering search terms and discussing which articles would be the best to read.
- Look for answers to questions.
Day 3 Research Options(60 minutes)
- Research answers to questions, write notes and draw sketches in notebook.
- Create surveys on google docs or google forms
- Talk to experts (skype or in person)
Students will take a photo of their research notes and reflect on what they learned in their Seesaw blog.
Week 5: Navigate Ideas/Submit Project Proposal
- Generate ideas for potential products
- Analyze and combine ideas for potential product
- Choose idea and submit project proposal
Day 1 (30 min) Digital Tool Focus: Collaborating on a Google Doc
Day 2 (30 min) Digital Citizenship Focus:
Day 3 (60 min) Read the book The Most Magnificent Thing
- Students will create a web/mind map of all their ideas
- They will analyze, combine and and choose their idea
- They will submit project proposal
Students to submit project proposal
Take photo and add to blog. Voice or written reflection.
3- 60 minute sessions (for prototyping)
6- 30 minute sessions for instruction in digital tools and digital citizenship
Weeks 6-8: Create Prototype
- Work with a team or individually to create a prototype
- Create an annotated visual of the prototype
- Test and revise prototype. Highlight what’s working and what’s not
Digital Tool Focus: TBA
Digital Citizenship Focus: TBA
Creating Prototype: This is the phase when students will actually be creating their product
Complete Weekly Reflections in Seesaw Blog
Each week students add Photos, videos and reflections to their Seesaw account.
Week 9: Create Annotated Visual of Product to Present
- Students will create a presentation
- Students will rehearse their presentation
Students will present their idea to parents and community at a public community play space.
Product and presentation
Student end of unit reflections on project
Video tape students sharing their reflections