Some Structures

On one of our outings during the summer, my family and I saw some interesting structures.

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A bridge-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The exhibits were made of small pieces of wood that were covered in some type of paper. The creator of these structures must have had patience to glue all these small pieces together.

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Looking closer at the bridge-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The structures got me thinking of the school curriculum (once a teacher, always a teacher!). Even though I do not teach the grade that has structures as part of its curriculum, I believe the opportunity may come up in kindergarten.

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A frame-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

If it does, I shall be on the lookout for rectangular-shaped pieces that little hands can use to construct. The outcome may not be as sophisticated as what we saw, but the design ideas are sure to be there.

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Close-up of the frame-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have 14 boys in my class this year, and I am sure that among them there will be some budding engineers who may wish to build bridges or construct the steel works in buildings.

What interesting structures have you seen recently?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Paula’s Black and White Sunday)

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31 thoughts on “Some Structures

  1. Weren’t you supposed to forget about work during your holidays? 😉 Thank you for showing us all the art you found this summer. My favourite structures are bridges, but I have many interesting constructions this summer and will show all of them soon enough. I am very grateful for your entry, Colline. Black & white is an excellent choice to show structures.

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  2. What a fascinating exhibition – it’s great it inspired you as a teacher. Getting those boys busy building should bring some rewarding results.

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  3. The structures (and your images of them) are beautiful. Are there girls in your class, too? Girls who might want to build bridges and other structures? I ask because I was recently thinking of buying some Goldie Blox for my youngest granddaughter. She loves building things, and Goldie Blox are designed to teach girls about engineering.

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    1. Yes – though there are less than the boys. I have noticed in the past that girls, if encouraged, also build bridges and play with trains or cars. If we give them the opportunity, they will participate. I am sure that there will be girls in my class this year who will enjoy building structures 🙂

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  4. These photos look good in black and white. 14 boys! Cool! I am going to teach a kindergarten class this year. (As a sub for 2 weeks, but could extend) Six boys and nine girls. Tomorrow we start.

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  5. Thanks for this share – love the structures. and one idea – which you may already know – but one of the best “easy to make structures” uses mini marshmallows and toothpicks – and it can be modified for many ages/grades. but we used to connect the marshmallow and toothpicks to art, math, science, etc. I do not have any ready links to share – but look it up online because there are some cool lessons out there for bridges or just platforms that can hold heavy items. We also kept a few extra to snack on….

    have a nice day 🙂

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    1. The grade 1 teachers already do this activity. My thought is to do something different so that the children don’t get to do the same activity twice – even though they love eating the marshmallows 🙂

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      1. Olivia is splashing in your mud puddle, but she went and told everybody YOU built that little bridge. I told our friends, you didn’t, but please don’t tell Olivia about her error, because she hates to make mistakes. She was so happy to have a new place to play, she got overly eager. 😉 Come see.

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  6. Watch out, Colline. The orples saw me reading this post last night, and had to barge in. You know how pushy eager orples can be. Oscar actually wants to help. Hmm. Usually, he’s a little lazy—but, don’t tell him I said so. See you soon, Marcy 😉

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  7. I love bridges and such clever people who designed them. I think the kids would love to build structures like these. My kids had to built structures like these as well in kindergarden .. with matches. It was a lot of fun and a bit messy too, but they enjoyed it. Beautiful post and photo’s Colline. I am glad the Orples visited you so I could see this post I missed. 😀 ♥

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