Lesson 4
Part 2

Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems

Designing a Lighting System (2) / Grade 5 / Fall River, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems , L4P2

Students apply their knowledge of light and optical engineering as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own lighting systems. 

Reflection Questions

Jessica encourages her students to reflect on their own learning. Where do you notice her explicitly referencing the learning process as she teaches?

Jessica explicitly breaks down the engineering process with one group, and reminds the whole class how sharing data helps learners make sense of what they have done. 

  • While interacting with one group, Jessica says, “You are so advanced in your engineering brain that you are actually improving and testing at the same time!” (2:33)
  • As an introduction to data sharing, Jessica says, “Each time that we do small-group work, it always helps us to make sense out of what was done by sharing out what happened.” (4:42)

What evidence do you see that Jessica has worked with her students on norms for providing positive feedback?

Student comments are thoughtful and delivered in a respectful manner.

  • One child starts his comments with, “You did a pretty good job. Who helped you?” and then listens to a classmate explain his group’s design. (7:45)
  • Another student starts her comments with, “I see how you were doing it, and yes, that’s a good idea.” (8:18)
  • Rather than pointing out what is wrong with a design, one student says, “If you guys improve it, maybe what you should do is have a mirror right here.” (8:30)