We read “Suman Crosses the Kamili River” and the problem of flooding in Nepal. Our Unit study is Rocks and the Earth’s Surface for November in Grade 5.
The students are challenged to build Tarpuls that can carry a load across a river. They must test 4 types of earth samples to see which best supports the poles. The paper basket moves along the string to hold 2 large metal rings that represent people.
Here are some photos of our hands-on experiments.