Planning a Trip For Christopher
Bilingual First Grade
Topic: Planning a trip for Christopher Columbus
Purpose: To use three different math skills
(sorting, graphing, measuring)
in order to complete a social studies project.
Materials:pencils,erasers, map pencils, graph paper,markers,
butcher paper,clay, glue, popsicle sticks, paper and toothpicks
Prior knowledge: Discovery of The Americas. Basic information
about Christopher Colombus and his discovery.
Description:The students will construct a ship for Columbus
for a trip that will take 30 days. They can use popsicle sticks, paper,
pencils, map pencils, markers, glue and clay only. Before they begin
building their ship they need to draw a model of their ship showing
the different compartments where they will store animals and food, cook
, eat, etc.They will design a model of the ship using information about
what things will be needed to be carried aboard for their survival.They
will then present the model of the ship they designed and built as well
as graphs showing the quantity of the products they will need to take
on this 30 day trip. The ship can only measure 6inches wide and
12 inches long.
Time: The lesson will take one week to complete during math class
- Separate the class in groups
of 4 to 5 students.
- Students will work cooperatively
to come up with up to 10 different kinds of supplies needed to make
a one month trip with 50 passengers.
- Students will draw a model
of a ship with enough compartments to store the supplies,and the 50
- After approval from teacher,
students will begin using popsicle sticks, clay and glue to build
the ship using (can also use toothpics, straws and paper ) using their
drawing for referrence.
- Students will write a list
of how much food and waterpeople will need for survival . They should
consider that the animals aboard will also need food .
- Students will classify the
supplies,provide a storage place built into the ship for them, and
label each compartment.
- Completed accurate drawing , accurate bargraph of supplies needed
, accurate dimensions on constructed ship, oral presentation 4
- Completed drawing,completed bar graph of the needed supplies, constructed
ship, and oral presentation 3 points.
- Teams that complete two of the four assignments on time 2 points
- Teams that attempted the assignment receive 1 point.
Copyright © Monica Cossio, June, 2001.