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Make Connections Across the Curriculum with EiE Extension Lessons!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Every Thursday the EiE blog brings you tips and resources to help you teach elementary engineering.

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Engineering parachutes? Boost math learning with EiE extension lessons.

Some educators think of extension lessons as a convenient and educational way to fill a few minutes when your students finish work ahead of schedule. But they're much more than that! Well-designed extension lessons

  • make connections between the topic you're teaching and other subject areas,
  • help students explore a topic more
    deeply, and
  • provide extra support for students who need to strengthen their skills.

Did you know that Engineering is Elementary offers a large collection of extension lessons? We have hundreds of engaging short lessons, all designed by K-5 classroom teachers and expert curriculum developers so that they integrate perfectly in your engineering classroom.

Extension Lessons for All 20 EiE Units

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Click on the EiE unit you teach to download a variety of extension lessons.

No matter which EiE unit you're teaching, we're got matching extension lessons ready to download from our website. If your class is composed of students with widely differing abilities, extension lessons can help you tailor the instruction you provide. If your school puts a strong emphasis on literacy or math instruction, well, the EiE curriculum is already designed to support learning in these areas . . . but our extension lessons can help you do even more.

Extension Lessons for Every Subject Area

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All our extension lessons were created by classroom teachers and EiE curriculum developers.

We have science- and social-studies-themed extension lessons, too. Browse the table below to explore extension lessons for each of the 20 EiE units. And the next time you teach EiE, you'll have extension lessons at
the ready!


Designing Alarm Circuits Replicating an Artifact
Designing Bridges Designing Hand Pollinators
Designing Knee Braces Evaluating a Landscape
Designing Lighting Systems Designing Maglev Systems
Designing Model Membranes Cleaning an Oil Spill
Designing Parachutes Designing Plant Packages
Improving a Play Dough Process Making Work Easier
Designing Solar Ovens Seeing Animal Sounds
Designing Submersibles Designing Walls
Designing Water Filters Designing Windmills

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Engineering is Elementary is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Written by Cynthia Berger

Topics: EiE Teaching Tips

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