Project PROMISE is a Jacob K. Javits Grant, Award S206A04040071
Virginia Department of Education
While on a field trip into the woods, your class discovers the remains of an old, abandoned carnival. As a class project, you decide to find out how it worked and renovate it to use for a school-wide celebration.
In order to determine how much students know about matter and magnets, have the students complete the pre-assessment. Make sure the students understand the purpose of the assessment, and that they will not be graded on this test.
After the pre-assessment has been administered, introduce the problem statement and the Wattsamatta Carnival Site debris drawing. You may wish to show it on the overhead projector as well as providing each student with a copy. At the appropriate place in the story, have the students make a detailed list of what they see in their journals.
After reading the description of the carnival in The Problem!, ask students to write in their journals. See Questions to Pose for journal topics.
Begin a KWL chart as a group.
Questions to Pose:
What do you think will need to be done to get the carnival working again?
Discussion and journal entries
Correlation to Virginia Science Standards of Learning:
2.1 The student will conduct investigations in which