Brackitz

Brackitz

Grow big ideas with this open-ended, 3D building system. Brackitz building pieces connect at any point and any angle, enabling students to design anything they can imagine. As kids build, they develop design thinking and spatial reasoning skills.

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In this lesson, students reconsider the figure from the first lesson by exploring the third dimension and using Brackitz planks to measure height, length and depth.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : K - 1
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will explore the ideas of work, effort, and enhancing transportation with wheels (mechanical advantage). At the close of this lesson, students will be able to describe how wheels help do work.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will explore the idea of work, effort, and moving items. This lesson will lead them to ask, “How can we do this work faster/easier?”

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students explore two dimensions, compare a figure to common objects to understand height and width dimensions, measure and record data and estimate in units. “I can” statements that students should be able to do after completing this lesson include: “I can describe how big something is by using height and width.” “I can compare size by thinking about everyday objects.” “I can use measurement data to estimate in another unit size.”

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students continue practicing spatial thinking and vocabulary as they reconsider the figure from Lesson 1, now understanding the third dimension and using Brackitz unit planks to measure height, width, and depth.

  • Subject : Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students continue with the gingerbread character as their building and engineering inspiration. Given an immediate problem to help solve, students have a play-based introduction to solving problems by designing and building devices.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students continue their play-based introduction to solving problems by designing and building to the Gingerbread character’s special needs. Students continue to consider dimensions as they design health, safety, comfort, and recreation items for a creature that’s much smaller than them.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 45 - 45 mins

Students will continue to collaborate as they design and consider what they make relates to more than one need. “I can design with competing factors in mind.” and “I know a design will not be perfect the first time.” and “I can count simple combination options given a small number of items and ways to arrange them.”

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 45 - 45 mins

This lesson leads students to add a fourth wheel as they continue to experiment with mechanical advantage, transportation, and designing with constraints and criteria.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

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Students practice comparison, measurement, and estimation as they’re introduced to a small character and begin to comprehend 2 dimensions - height and width.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 225 mins

Students are introduced to a need for mechanical advantage and efficient transportation by encountering the problem of moving items without wheels.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 2 - 3
  • Duration: 135 mins

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