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BUILDING BIG
Bridges
Domes
Skyscrapers
Dams
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  Activity Planning Grid: If you have 6 or more meetings...
Activity Planning Grid | 1 or 2 Hours | 3 Meetings | 6 Meetings  

Meeting 1 
FoundationsIllustration: Hammer pounding nail in a yellow circle.  
1. Newspaper Tower 
2. Hands-On Glossary force and load 
3. Straw Shapes 
4. Begin Local Wonders project.  

Meeting 2 
BridgesIllustration: suspension bridge in a yellow circle.  
1. Paper Bridge 
2. Hands-On Glossary: compression, tension, bending, truss 
OR 
Try the Forces Lab  
3. Suspension Bridge or Bridge Building Challenge 

Meeting 3 
DomesIllustration: Dome in a yellow circle.  
1. Tug-Push-Twist-O'War  
OR 
Try the Materials Lab 
2. Hands-On Glossary: dome 
3. Geodesic Dome 

Meeting 4 
SkyscrapersIllustration: skyscraper in a yellow circle.  
1. Columns 
2. Skyscraper Building Challenge 
3. Visit Local Wonder; collect information. 

Meeting 5 
DamsIllustration: dam in yellow circle.  
1. Under Pressure 
2. Dam Building Challenge  
3. Analyze Local Wonders information. 

Meeting 6 
TunnelsIllustration: Tunnel in a yellow circle.  
1. Meeting in the Middle  
2. Tunnel Building Challenge  
3. Complete Local Wonders Writeup Directions.  

The Educator Ideas pages suggest video segments that support each hands-on activity. 


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