This fun challenge has definitely become a kid favorite! It involves water and building a slide!
Think summertime! Water Parks and inflatable rafts. Think lemonade by the pool and kids squealing in delight.
It’s Water Slides!
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Third graders were so excited!
I promise, cross my heart when my third graders saw my schedule board and read “Water Slides” they cheered. Seriously. Right there in the hall.
Mind you, I think they were expecting to get to slide on them, but even when I told them we were building water slide models, they were still excited! So, take a look at the photo and you will understand this wonderful little challenge.
The challenge had some fairly wacky materials, but included items to cover the slide part so there would be no leaks. Kids also had to build some type of ladder or ramp so the top could be accessed.
Check out the fabulous ladder in the photo. They did a great job. Also, notice the bowl at the bottom to catch the water! (That’s important and teaching them how to dump that water without spilling it is, too!)
Will it work?
Well, I know what you are thinking. It couldn’t have been all fun. Cause they are kids, right? Right! Look at this photo. Do you see what that group did? They put foil on the outside of their slide. That cardboard tube soaked up water and got mushy and soggy. Boy, did they have a real moment of learning with this thinking!
Yeah, I could have told them when I saw this little mistake. But, I never do. I let them mess up.
Friends, this kind of learning is priceless. They remember this stuff.
Isn’t this a great photo? I caught the water traveling all the way down that slide! (They added that tube at the end to keep Legoman from tumbling off!)
So, what did I learn with this challenge?
- I learned that third graders don’t all know how to pour water! Mind-boggling how many of them missed the slide and poured water on the table. Like right on it. One sweet little girl even dumped the ENTIRE water cup down the slide in one giant dump. It splashed everywhere!
- You truly learn from your mistakes. When the water slide leaks you quickly know what to patch or change.
- Water slides can be messy! It’s all good, though. It was just water. We used a lot of towels- which, by the way, is a great thing to have in your classroom. And I mean real towels, not paper ones. Real ones work better!
- Not kidding! Third graders LOVED this challenge!
LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures showing such great creations! What materials did the kids have to choose from?
Do you have a supply list for this awesome project or an instruction sheet? I think my 3rd graders would love this and I want to do it correctly. My email is acooper416[at]yahoo.com
Paul Whitener says
This looks like amazing fun.
Can I have a supply list this looks like lots of fun musiclovergabi2014[at]gmail.com
Carol Davis says
Thanks so much for your interest! YOu can find the entire package for this cahllenge right here: teacherspayteachers.com/Product/STEM-Activity-Challenge-Build-a-Water-Slide-2595490
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