Design Brief: Fleeing From Fox: Based on the book The Gingerbread Man by Gerald Rose

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Background:

We enjoyed reading the book The Gingerbread Man by Gerald Rose. At the end of our story, the poor little gingerbread man became a tasty treat for the sly fox.

Challenge:

You are to design and create a “something” that will help the gingerbread man cross the river safely without anyone’s help.

Criteria:

Your method (“something”) must:

  • Be no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches
  • Keep the gingerbread man cookie dry
  • Hold the gingerbread man cookie on the river for at least 5 minutes

Materials:

  • http://0.tqn.com/d/webclipart/1/0/i/5/5/Gingerbread-Man.png
  • Scrap paper
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Straws
  • Recycled materials

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Push-pin
  • Hole punch
  • Crayons, markers, colored pencils, writing utensils
  • Plastic tub of water for testing

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Targeted Standards of Learning:

Science 2.1- investigations
English – 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 oral language and communication skills, 2.8 reading fiction comprehension 2.11, 2.12 legible writing and simple explanations
Math 2.11- measurement
Target Standards for Technology Literacy: 5 recycling, 6, 8, 9. 10, 11, using the engineering design process, 18 transportation technology

Anita Ritchie – Fulks Run Elementary, Rockingham County Public Schools, 2013

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