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So get ready to learn some great tips and build robots!
- Be Realistic!
- Decide what the robot can do for you.
- What will you need to build this robot model? (because it is just a model)
- Can we add some reading to this project?
The first time I talked with third graders about this challenge they gave me some of these reasons to have a robot:
- To play video games
- To do your homework
- To save the galaxy (my all-time favorite answer)
- To help my mom
What if you could walk into Target or Wal Mart and go to the robot aisle? You know, like the cereal has its own aisle. If you could stroll down the robot aisle, what kind of robot would you choose?
What Can the Robot Do for You?
- Clean up your room
- Mow the lawn
- Vacuum or clean up garbage
- Cook for your mom
What will you need to build this robot model?
Can We Add Some Reading to the Project?
The Wild Robot
Have you read this one? It is just a fabulous little book that tells the story of a robot named Roz that finds herself alone on an island after a shipwreck during a hurricane. This turns into a story of friendship between Roz and the animals of the island, including an orphaned goose that she adopts. This is a great read-aloud chapter book for your kids. After the book is finished they can build a model of a robot!
Speaking of robots built after reading a book this is exactly what we did in first grade one day.
Take a look at the photo below to see the first grader’s robots.
The Bot That Scott Built
The children in the book are enjoying a science museum and the page reads,
“This is the bot, the bippity bot, the rabbit-eared robot, that Scott built.”
Each page continues the story adding another line about the robot, the curious class, the class that gawked, and so on. Each page ends with the same words about the bot that Scott built. It only took about two pages before the first graders were totally part of the book as they repeated that line. The book has some hilarious moments when the ant farm gets turned over and the carnivorous plants are eating flies. There’s also a frog, a boa, and a volcano! The kids loved it!
Your groups will also love building robots!
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