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Teaching Observation Skills Using LEGO Blocks

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Laurie Graba

Hands On Lego Activity

 

Materials:

Assorted Lego Bricks

Index Cards

Small Groups of Children

 

State Goals:

11.B.2c  Build a prototype of the design using available tools and materials.

13.A.2c  Explain why keeping accurate and detailed records is important.

 

Safety Considerations:  Be careful not to drop the Lego bricks on the floor, they could cause someone to slip and fall.  When doing this activity with younger children be careful that no one puts the Lego bricks in their mouth.

 

Science Process Skills:

-Communication

-Observing

-Following directions

-Team Work

 

Procedures:

-Divide the class into groups of 4.

-Before hand, create small LEGO structures. 

-Take a photo or create an accurate drawing of your structure.

-Break apart your structure and place the bricks used in a plastic baggie.

-Divide the groups into 2 teams of 2.

-Assign 2 member of the group to be the recorders.

-Assign 2 members of the group to be the builders.

-Send Builders out in the hall. Have the recorders write down and describe the structure for builders.  Then break it down.

-After four minutes – have the builders return and try to reconstruct the structure based on the recorders instructions. 

 

Key Points:

Discuss the importance of clear and precise communication in science.  According the Illinois State Science Standards “Scientists must carefully describe their methods and results to a variety of audiences, including other scientists. This requires precise and complete descriptions and the presentation of conclusions supported by evidence. Young science students develop the powers of observation and description. Older students gain the ability to organize and study data, to determine its meaning, to translate their findings into clear understandable language and to compare their results with those of other investigators”.

Source:  http://www.shodor.org/succeed/curriculum/MYW/lessons/lego2.html