In February we read the book Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming. It is loosely based on the life of Lodner Phillips, creator of one of the first submarines. In the story, we read how Papa spends his days: thinking, tinkering and inventing things. He asks questions, comes up with ideas, makes mistakes and tries again! His mechanical fish (all four versions!) was put together by connecting gears to help it move through the water.
Our Placentinkers love to figure things out and make things move. There are lots of different ways to put gears together. In this real-world learning experience we had to use skills such as problem solving, cause and effect, eye-hand coordination, critical thinking and creativity to make our gears work together using one driver gear.
We are builders, creators, thinkers...we are Placentinkers!