From Toothpicks to Newspapers

Mrs. Lawrence’s fifth grade class learned all about structures this year.  They used the world wide web to view different types of bridges and buildings as well as to understand the engineering aspects of each type of structure.  In October they designed and “built” their own building using toothpicks and Playdoh.

The culminating assignment was to build a geodesic dome out of newspapers, cardboard tubes, and masking tape.  Eight groups tried their best to construct a dome about six feet in diameter on the school playground.  Despite the uncooperative weather most groups nearly completed their domes.  Considering this was a first time experience for all, including Mrs. Lawrence, the results were good.