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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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 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 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

Students consider the challenges of moving things and people up and down, and revisit the idea of how simple machines can do the work of moving more effectively.

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

Students consider how to solve real world problems using a simple machine to make work easier.

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

Students consider how to use pulleys to complete a rescue!

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

Students situate their pulleys in a unique setting, continuing to practice needs-based design process.

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

Students practice using pulleys to move things “across” rather than “up and down.”

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

Students begin practicing spatial thinking and vocabulary as they’re introduced to a small character to compare with known objects, and using Brackitz unit planks to specify two dimensions (2-D): height and width.

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

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

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : K - 1
  • 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, Science
  • Grade : K - 1
  • 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 character that’s much smaller than them.

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

Students apply their understanding of designing for a user to a wider system of designs and needs.

  • 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 : K - 1
  • 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 : K - 1
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will practice what they learned about transportation, work, effort, and mechanical advantage with more wheels, while still being challenged with a design constraint.

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

Students will practice what they learned about transportation, work, effort, and mechanical advantage with more wheels, while still being challenged with a design constraint. At the end of this lesson, students will better understand that creating stability/safety when enabling speed is desirable.

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

As students add a fourth wheel, new design choices are available. At the end of this lesson, students will design vehicles that are more related to their everyday experiences, and consider the mechanical and design advantages of four wheels.

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

Students will explore the ideas of work, effort, and moving items. This lesson will lead them to ask, “How can we do this work more easily?”

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will explore the ideas of work, effort/force, and enhancing transportation with wheels (mechanical advantage). They will also practice design thinking and process, with criteria and constraints. 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 : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will practice what they learned about transportation, work, effort, and mechanical advantage with more wheels, while still being challenged with a design constraint.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will practice what they learned about transportation, work, effort, and mechanical advantage with more wheels, while still being challenged with a design constraint. At the end of this lesson, students will better understand that creating stability/safety when enabling speed is desirable.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

As students add a fourth wheel, new design choices are available. At the end of this lesson, students will design vehicles that are more related to their everyday experiences, and will consider the mechanical and design advantages of four wheels.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will practice what they learned about transportation, work, effort, and mechanical advantage with more wheels, while still being challenged with a design constraint.

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

Students will practice what they learned about transportation, work, effort, and mechanical advantage with more wheels, while still being challenged with a design constraint. At the end of this lesson, students will better understand that creating stability/safety when enabling speed is desirable.

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

Students get hands-on practice in thinking about “bigger than” and “smaller than” in two dimensions and engage in some measurement practice. " I can” statements that students should be able to make as a result of this lesson include: “I can compare size by thinking about everyday objects.”

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : Pre-K - K
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students explore 2D vs. 3D objects to better understand size and dimensions. “I can” statements that students should be able to do after completing this lesson include: “I can identify height, length, and width.“ “I can compare size by thinking about everyday objects.”

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Computational Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : Pre-K - K
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will demonstrate they can create a Brackitz design to try and solve a problem, practice testing a design, and continue getting familiar with the Brackitz system. “I can create a 3D design to help solve a problem.” “I can test designs and say why they work or don’t work.”

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Computational Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : Pre-K - K
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will create a Brackitz design that considers the gingerbread’s small size and continue getting familiar with the Brackitz system, and build their collaboration skills. “I can design in 2D and then build in 3D.“ and “I can consider what a user needs.”

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Computational Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : Pre-K - K
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will continue to collaborate as they design, considering that what they make relates to more than one need. “I can design to solve more than one problem or constraint,” and “I know a design will not be perfect the first time.”

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Computational Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : Pre-K - K
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students explore two dimensions by imagining a creature and comparing it to common objects to understand size and dimensions. “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.” “I can use discussion to come to consensus.”

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • 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 : 21st Century Skills, Design Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students continue with the creature 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 : 21st Century Skills, Design Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

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

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Design Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students apply their understanding of designing for a user to a wider system of designs and needs.

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Design Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

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  • Grade : #GRADELEVEL#
  • Duration: #PROJECTDURATION# 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

The budding engineers in your classes will have fun building and cranking contraptions that haul, lift, slide and move up and down.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : K - 1
  • Duration: 225 mins

Kids can design, invent and build an endless variety of structures.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy, Science
  • Grade : K - 1
  • Duration: 225 mins

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

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : K - 1
  • Duration: 225 mins

Students are introduced to a need for mechanical advantage, and to efcient ways of moving things (transportation), by encountering the problem of how to move objects without wheels.

  • Subject : Design Thinking, Engineering, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 225 mins

Students are introduced to spatial thinking and vocabulary and meet a small character to compare with known objects.

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Computational Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : Pre-K - K
  • Duration: 225 mins

Students imagine a small creature as the user for future designs and practice comparison, measurement, and estimation as they deepen comprehension of dimensions.

  • Subject : 21st Century Skills, Design Thinking, Math, Reading and Literacy
  • Grade : 4 - 5
  • Duration: 225 mins

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  • Subject : #SUBJECTNAME#
  • Grade : #GRADELEVEL#
  • Duration: #DURATION# mins