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Trapping turkeys


by Trinity Gruenberg

Lisa Paulson challenged her second graders to build a turkey trap for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The rules were simple: Be creative, use only the provided materials, record their thoughts and while working in pairs, use kind words and compromise.

The STEAM-based activity had the students create a proposal for their turkey trap. They had to research and brainstorm in groups while reviewing images, videos and printed materials to come up with ideas.

They sketched their ideas and listed the materials they planned to use in their creation. 

In pairs or small groups the students created the traps, tested them and improved on their designs while reflecting with their partners on how to improve the trap. The project ended with creative and festive looking turkey traps that were discussed with the whole class on how they came up with the design and overcame challenges. 

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