Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

A New Home for Crayons

Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

A New Home for Crayons

Article excerpt

Book Used:

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers New York: NY: Philomel Books, 2015 [48 pages; ISBN 0008124434]

Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Read-aloud at: watch?v=I1D1dyPBOvo

book synopsis

A boy name Duncan was coloring with crayons when he received a stack of postcards. These postcards were from other crayons that he had lost, broken, or forgotten. The crayons were writing to Duncan about their horrid experiences and how they would love to come home. Duncan felt bad about what had happened to his crayons, so he thought of a brilliant idea. He decided to build a new home for his crayons!

lesson synopsis

After reading the book with the class, the teacher can discuss with the children how the crayons were now happy because of the new home Duncan designed and built. The students, in groups, will design and build a device where the crayons can be stored that is different from a typical crayon box. Students will be able to test the device, evaluate their results, and present their final design to the class.

lesson goals

One major goal for this lesson is to have students explore what the engineering design process is and how to use it when finding a solution to store crayons. Students will be exposed to STEM concepts and skills as they go about solving this problem.

student learning objectives

Students will be able to:

* Demonstrate their understanding of the engineering design process by solving a design challenge given specific criteria and constraints.

* Use proper measurements with an appropriate tool when creating their design.

* Practice their communication skills by presenting the design process and results to the entire class.

* Participate in scientific inquiry by asking questions to gather information in order to complete the design challenge.

standards addressed

Common Core Standards

(Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2016):

English Language Arts:


- Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


- Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.



- Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Next Generation Science Standards

(NGSS Lead States, 2013):

* K-2-ETS1-1.

- Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

Standards for Technological Literacy

(ITEA/ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007):

* Standard 9:

- Benchmark A: The engineering design process includes identifying a problem, looking for ideas, developing solutions, and sharing solutions with others.

* Standard 11:

- Benchmark B: Build or construct an object using the design process.

design brief

Student Introduction

Duncan received postcards from crayons that he may have lost, broken, or forgotten. These postcards shared their stories about things they did and their desire to come home. Duncan showed his appreciation by designing and building a new home for his crayons. Can you create a unique "home" for your crayons that would make them feel special, too?


Design and build a "new home" (storage device) for your crayons. …

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