|Title: Cardboard Boat||Author: Blake D. Jersey|
|Subject(s): Math, Listening and speaking, SEL|
|Grade Level(s): 11-12||Total Time: 2 days, 12 hours and 35 minutes|
Overview / Description: Students will collaboratively design and construct a cardboard boat using a variety of tools and methods which will float and hold 1 human in the school pool.
After completing this activity, students should be able to . . .
- Gain knowledge in using a variety of tools and methods to accomplish the goal of making a cardboard boat that floats and holds a student using basic geometric construction principals.
- Work collaboratively to plan, build and problem solve.
Workplace Readiness Skill:
|X||Attitude and Initiative||X||Planning and Organization|
Math Geometry Standard:
Making Geometric Constructions:
Language Arts Standard:
Listening and Speaking:
EE.SL.11-12.1 Engage in collaborative discussions.
a. Prepare for discussions by collecting information
on the topic.
b. Work with peers to set rules and goals for
c. Ask and answer questions to verify or clarify own
ideas and understandings during a discussion.
d. Respond to agreements and disagreements in a
ASCA MINDSETS & BEHAVIORS Standards:
B-SS 6: Use effective collaboration and cooperation skills
B-LS 1: Demonstrate critical-thinking skills to make informed decisions
Students will have to obtain their own cardboard by contacting local businesses (this is to work on communication and social skills as well as professionalism.)
Per Group of 2-4 students:
2 tubes of liquid nail
2 tubes of silicone
2 rolls of duct tape
scissors or box cutter
student swim suits
WHO (T=Teacher Focus Lesson; WG=Whole Group\; SM=Small Group; I=Independent)
|Learning Activity Task||WHO is responsible |
for this step?
|Approximate time |
|Teacher shows video on boats. Review what will make a boat float (buoyancy, mass, thrust) Have a discussion with students on possible designs of boats. Teacher shares the rubric to describe the boat they are to construct||WG||20 min|
|Have the students work in groups to create a detailed diagram of their model boat. Students will need to discuss the plan in small groups with the teacher to have it approved. Students gather cardboard from local businesses using professionalism and social skills.||SG||2 days|
|Teacher gathers materials above and distributes them to the teams of 2-4 students.||T||5 minutes|
|In small groups teams construct a boat made out of cardboard. |
Students will take the boats to the school swimming pool and determine if the boats float for a minimum of 1 minute.
Teacher will make anecdotal notes and use the rubric to complete assessments.
Assessment: Student diagrams will be collected. Teacher will evaluate through observation whether students are able to professionally and independently obtain cardboard. Teacher will keep anecdotal notes on students ability to collaborate, use professional manners, and problem solve. Teacher will observe whether students use critical thinking to problem solve. Cardboard Boat Rubric
Wrap-Up: Teacher and students discuss the results. Which boats were a success and which ones were not, and why.
Discuss professionalism and what problems occurred in team planning and discussion and how issues were resolved.
Discussions will happen with small groups to intervene on usage of tools and mathematical computations that led to inadequate boat flotation.
Extension Activity (for intervention or enrichment): Extension: Students may devise a propulsion devise using any materials of their choice. Intervention: Students may use computers to assist in modeling of their boats if necessary.