Let the Games Begin
In this teacher-created lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, elementary students work collaboratively to design a game with clearly written instructions. The game requires players to round three- and four-digit numbers to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand.
Designing a Playground!
This unit of teacher-created lessons from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum challenges elementary students to use math, science, language arts and life skills in the process of designing a safe, fun playground.
Teach Newton’s laws of motion with this Cooper-Hewitt lesson plan. Students will design and construct a catapult that launches marshmallows. If you wish, challenge students to incorporate a catapult in their mini-golf course designs.
On the Go! Forces and Motion
This unit from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, helps elementary students investigate types of forces, gravity, friction and incline through the design challenge of creating a car that travels fastest and farthest.
How the Soccer Ball Could Save the Golf Course
Mini-golf is just one way the sport of golf has been adapted over time. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about the sport of footgolf—which is exactly what it sounds like!
Designing Musical Instruments
This lesson plan from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum shows how musical instruments can be used in a study of sound energy. Students employ observation, logic and reasoning to demonstrate how different pitches are made. They then invent their own instruments to produce various sounds and pitches.