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PDF File Materials_Testing_Worksheet.pdf Worksheet Mar 06, 2013 by Jake G. Hellman
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  1. We did this activity with 5th graders in Ms. Steven's class at Josiah Quincy. This activity actually went very well and all of the students were very involved. They were very curious about what to write in their worksheet and how to test the different materials. When they were testing the newspaper and doing the compression test, some students argued that you could easing compress it by crumbling it into a ball, so we made sure to say that you had to press the material down on the paper to do the test. The results from the building challenge were not as great because the newspaper was actually quite strong but many groups reinforced it with popsicle sticks and glue. We also told them that they could only use one layer of newspaper because otherwise it was too strong. The students wanted glue and tape to make their bridge, but we purposely chose materials that didn't have extremely adhesive properties so they would have to think outside the box. We were a little pressed for time for this activity in the hour class period.