Architects and Bridges

In November we read the book Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty. We became architects who were commissioned to collaborate with our peers and design a bridge for the students in the book. Working in small groups we had to build a bridge over the “river” in our Placentinker space. Kindergarten students used legos and 1st and 2nd grade students used cardboard, string, tape and craft sticks. Our designs were inspired by the empathy we felt for the students in the book based on what we read about them in the story. We learned a lot about collaboration, design, patience and perseverance. Finally we shared our bridge making process with our peers and discussed topics like what worked and didn’t work, what was hard, what mistakes we made and how we might do it differently next time. Designing bridges is no easy task!