First Week with the LEGO Wall

Posted by Alison Ruoff on 2/8/2016

This past with the LEGO wall was amazing.  The first thing I did was add the LEGO wall into our center rotation so everyone could get a chance to experiment and build.  The first thing I noticed was something interesting with my own 5th grade daughter.  

 isabella

One of the perks of being a teacher is that my kids come to school with everyday.  It can also be a little tough for them as they have to come with me to the school when I work on the weekends.  In all of the years that Isabella has been in my classroom, she has never been a big LEGO kid.  She would play with them occasionally, but always chose to do other things in the classroom.  The very first Sunday the wall was ready, she just sat down and built the all red pyramid.  She came back every morning and built something new.  When I asked her about why she was building with the LEGOs now she really didn't have a specific answer.  She said "I don't know mom....I guess because it's new and different?"  Her creations also inspired my little ones each morning as they thought some magical LEGO fairy came and made super awesome stuff on their wall.  

I also enjoyed watching them like a colony of ants dismantle her creations and make them their own.  I wanted all of them just to explore and see where their learning went.  The big challenge was wanting to build tall structures away from the wall and how to do it.  I gave a little guidance but wanted to see how they work together.

building stuff

Building stuff

 

We did a little mini challenge to see who could build the tallest structure from the wall.  Look who it was.

Landon had the tallest structure!

Stay tuned for more engineering challenges from us in the future.  Hooray for school and learning!