Building Bridges with Grade 3 – Literally!

On Monday, the 6inators had the opportunity to go to 3H and help the grade 3’s build popsicle bridges. The students did an impressive job guiding and helping the grade 3’s achieve success in building the bridges they had planned and designed. There was lots of great communication, cooperation and patience displayed by everyone!

Here are some reflections from the 6inators after their time helping the Grade 3’s:
I had a wonderful time building the bridges with the grade threes! I had a lot of fun building them because I find working with mechanics very enjoyable. It was hard sharing the screw drivers but it got better overtime.

One thing that I noticed was that some people were not really contributing and cooperating with others. However, I did enjoy meeting a couple of Grade Threes. I think it related to our unit because they said that triangles were the most sturdy and strong shapes to use in bridges. I remember I was told that a few weeks ago. I thought it was delightful and very exciting to meet new people and play with the Grade Threes. I think we needed to work on teamwork, but overall, it was very fun.

Today, we had lots of fun making structures with the grade threes! The good things we did were teamwork and communication. Teamwork was good because we all worked together. They liked talking and communicating so that was easy. The hard things were they couldn’t explain to us. We didn’t know what they were doing so it was hard until we finally understood them. It was interesting how their bridges ended up. Overall it was a good job!

I suggested they use some mathematical concepts in the bridge. For example, I reminded them to use a triangle at the bridge bottom to stabilize it. And, I suggested an arch for holding up the bridge, but we were running out of the nails.

The grade three’s all worked well together and then when they needed help they usually asked each other or a grade six. But what I found challenging was getting the screws in with your fingers if you had no screw driver.

I liked helping the grade three’s with their bridges because when I was in grade three I remembered this unit but didn’t get to do that. I like seeing the look on their faces when they finally achieved what they wanted to do on the bridge. They seemed like they were having tons of fun playing with the popsicle sticks and I had fun too.

When we went to the grade 3 class to help with the structures, it was pretty easy because the grade threes already had most of their screws attached. We only needed to add the legs of the bridge and connect the two walls. When we did not have anything to do or when the others were working on it, we would say some jokes.

I liked going to help the 3H class. I thought they would listen more than they did. I also thought they would have it all planed out, that’s why it fell two times. I thought it was fun working with the grade threes, I would like to do it again.

I think it was hard to put the screws in the popsicle sticks, but really fun. It was fun to work with the grade three’s because I know all of them and my brother was in my group.

The grade three’s were very nice and cooperative when they were building. Also, it was very fun when we tried to stand the bridge.

Today in 3H, we made good progress in our bridge, we almost finished it. We were all focused and on task. We all communicated with each other and I enjoyed helping the grade 3’s.

I thought my experience upstairs in 3H was great. I liked how hard they worked on making triangles then we would help them attach them to each other. I didn’t like how some of them got distracted and they went to go find bolts or just sat doing nothing but overall it was fun.

I really loved helping the Grade 3’s. It was fun to build bridges with them. I tried to help as much as I could.

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