Lesson 1

Now You're Cooking: Designing Solar Ovens

Lerato Cooks Up a Plan / Grade 3 / Marietta, GA

EiE - Now You're Cooking: Designing Solar Ovens - Lesson 1

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The EIE Curriculum

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Lerato, a girl from Bostwana, learns about green engineering as she attempts to design a solar oven.

Reflection Questions

What literacy strategies do you see Linda using to increase student understanding of the story, Lorato Cooks up a Plan?

Linda conducts an interactive read-aloud, has the class contribute ideas to documentation panels, and has students look for references to the EDP in the text.

  • Linda has provided a storybook for each student so that they can follow the text as she reads aloud. She has her students repeat words they see in the text and fill in by reading words when she pauses. (0:43–1:19)
  • Linda goes back and reviews document panels, encouraging students to review, reflect on, and relate their learning. (1:40)
  • Linda has students look in the storybook text for evidence of each step of the Engineering Design Process. (2:35)

What evidence do you see that Linda had spent several days reviewing the content and context of the storybook, Lerato Cooks up a Plan?

Linda has prepared resources from both inside and outside the classroom to help deepen her students’ understanding.

  • The storybooks the students are using are marked with sticky notes, indicating that students were involved in an ongoing study of the storybook. (1:06)
  • Detailed documentation panels of each chapter hang in the classroom and highlight key vocabulary and student responses to reading prompts. (1:40)
  • Linda explains that she used EiE resource page to find a Peace Corp volunteer who was working in Botswana. The students had prepared questions about Botswana, and then participated in a video chat with the volunteer. (5:02)