Teacher lesson of problem solving techniques: observation, consideration of options, trial and evaluation.
Organize the class into partner groups of two students each.
Each group assembles a puzzle desk from individual components. They can use a variety of assistance to complete the project (either independently or with teacher assistance):
* Pictures of the completed project
* A pictorial guide that illustrates each step
* A set of detailed written instructions (either with component names or individual label identifiers)
Optional activity: have these partner groups compete for the fastest completion time. The winning group reports their strategy and methodology to the class.
Teacher lesson on measurement skills; such as reading a ruler to 1/16th of an inch.
Students will group, label and measure components - noting their length (L), width (W) and thickness (T).
Teacher lesson on reducing fractions, so measurements will be reported properly.
Teacher lesson of skills needed to create an instructional manual: component classification, sequencing of tasks, and the perspective/orientation of the end-user while assembling the desk (ie. which side is the 'front' or 'left'.)
NOTE: Alternate lesson is to journal the building experience.
Photograph each component group, label them, and list their dimensions.
Students will rebuild the desk; documenting and photographing each step to provide detailed assembly instructions.
Alternate activity: students can use the component labels (marked on each piece) when describing the assembly.
Students will dismantle the desk and rebuild it according to their instructions. By having students build strictly by what is written, they will discover the importance of writing precise, clear instructions.
Students will film an instructional video that demonstrates the proper assembly of project.
Students will build a unique take-home project (puzzle maze game) to reinforce classroom learning and have fun; while honing hand-eye coordination, perception and concentration!