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Rube Goldberg Inventions

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will learn about Rube Goldberg inventions. Students will draw their own Rube Goldberg machine that performs a simple task in an overly complicated way. Students will describe and/or write how their machine works.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will learn about Rube Goldberg machines.

Students will design and draw their own Rube Goldberg machine.

Students will support each other in finalizing their machines.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce students to the concept of Rube Goldberg machines.
  • Assist students with ideas for their own machine and how to draw it.
  • Direct students in giving each other peer feedback.
  • Support students in speaking and/or writing about their machine.

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National Standards


Create

Revise artwork in progress on the basis of insights gained through peer discussion.

VA:Cr3.1.4a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour

Supplies and Materials

  • Video examples of Rube Goldberg machines
  • White paper
  • Pencils
  • Color pencils or markers
  • Optional: lined paper

National Standards


Create

Revise artwork in progress on the basis of insights gained through peer discussion.

VA:Cr3.1.4a

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Steps

Introduction

Learn about Rube Goldberg machines. Brainstorm a machine to create.

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Instructional Materials

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A Guide For Writing Artist Statements

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Reference

What is a Rube Goldberg Machine

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Engineering Design Process Steps

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Engineering Design Process Visual

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Reflection

4 3 2 1 Reflection

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Summative

Artist Statement Template

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