We read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory earlier this year, so the children all remember fondly the main characters of Mr. Wonka, Charlie, and his parents and grandparents. No longer in the chocolate factory, they are now hurtling through space in one of Mr. Wonka's wild inventions. Imagine, an elevator that can fly (thanks to "sky hooks") and can even go into orbit!
Finally, it was time to put some work into our own Invention Idea books. A couple time a week, we will be learning about various inventions and then imagining a way to invent or innovate a new version. So far, we designed our own hats and robots. Today, we designed a way to take us to space! Our inspiration for this project comes from this book:
Children make sketches, but also have to think of a purpose, name their invention, and to label the various parts. Here is just one example from today.
The students are really enjoying this theme, and this project - a great mix of scientific learning and creativity.