Organized by Design
Standard Statement(s): Suggested Level:
3.6.7 C – Explain physical technologies of structural design, analysis Grades 5-7
and engineering, personnel relations, financial affairs, structural
production, marketing, research and design. Standard Category:
Content Objective(s): Technology Education
At the conclusion of the lesson the student will be able to: Materials:
Cooperatively work to solve a problem.
Construct a container to hold and organize supplies according Graph paper
to criteria. Tools
Produce a scale drawing showing the design model. Wood
Calculate the cost of the product. Nails
Assessment Strategies: Cardboard tubes
Performance Assessment (Rubric) Tape
Group Assessment (Design Loop Journal Page) Styrofoam
Teacher Observation Construction paper
Procedures: Dowel rods
1. Read the story The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan Toothpicks
and Jan Berenstain. Paper clips
2. Create design teams of four students. Rubber bands
3. Pose the problem of disorganization and brainstorm examples of Aluminum foil
this in the classroom. Straws
4. Using a design brief, present the problem and criteria for designing Balloons
a container that could hold and organize supplies. String
5. Using the journal page, describe the design process based on the Clothespins
problem solving design loop.
6. Design on graph paper a scale model of the container with a 1:2
ratio. Instructional Strategies:
7. Using the supply / price list found on the design brief, calculate the
cost of the container. Cooperative Group
8. Build a prototype of the container following the design criteria. Design and Problem Solving
9. Present your product to the class explaining its features. Modeling Skills
Related Web Sites: Presentation Skills
Archkidecture, all about architecture for children
http://www.archkidecture.org/ Related Concepts:
Build It & Bust It: A Website Construction Zone Literature
Look • Learn & Do, A. Mount , C. Remy, C. Walker, & M. Icanberry Manufacturing
http://www.looklearnanddo.com/documents/projects.html Marketing and Advertising
DuLuca’s TechnoSchool: Technology Knowledge in Action
Organized by Design
Students are finding their lockers and desks a mess due to the unorganized clutter of school supplies. To
help organize the student body, design and build a container to store and organize supplies. Because the
need for such a product is so great, we will be looking to mass-produce the items at a later date. For this
reason, your product must be made with the materials available in our workroom and cost less than $10.00.
Only one design will be chosen for manufacturing, so the product should have at least three organizational
features that are sturdy and securely attached.
Use only materials and tools available in the workroom.
Spend less than $10.00 for materials.
Build at least three features that are sturdy and securely attached to organize supplies.
Wood __________________ 1.75 Craft stick ________________ .01
Nail ____________________ .01 10 Toothpicks _____________ .05
Cardboard sheet ___________ .10 Paper clip ________________ .01
Cardboard tube __________ 1.15 Rubber band ______________ .01
Glue ____________________ .25 Aluminum foil/foot _________ .10
Tape/yard ________________ .10 Straw ____________________ .01
Styrofoam ______________ 1.20 Balloon __________________ .03
Construction paper_________ .03 String/foot ________________ .01
PVC pipe/foot ____________ .10 Clothespin ________________ .25
Dowel rod _______________ .50
Problem Solving Design Loop Procedure
1. Brainstorm ideas for containers and features. List all the ideas generated on your Design Loop Journal
Page. Choose a design and draw a scale model of it with a ratio of 1:2 on graph paper.
2. Build the container your group chooses making sure it meets the guidelines.
3. Test your container using the criteria.
4. Redesign, making improvements and additions to the design. Retest using the criteria.
5. Clean up your area and prepare to present your product and its features to the class.
Organized by Design
Design Loop Journal Page
List the ideas generated by your group.
Sketch the design of choice below.
Build and Test!
Journal the steps you used to build and test your container.
Explain any problems you found and changes you made to the product. Then retest using the criteria.
Organized by Design
Performance Assessment Rubric
Advanced Proficient Basic Below Basic
4 3 2 1
The product has three or The product has three features The product has less than three The product has less than
more features that are sturdy with two features that are features with at least one three features and is not
Product and securely attached to sturdy and securely attached to feature that is sturdy and sturdy or securely attached to
Construction organize supplies. organize supplies. securely attached to organize organize supplies.
The group showed The group showed some The group showed little The group showed no
understanding of the understanding of the problem understanding of the problem understanding of the problem
problem solving loop solving loop process through solving loop process through solving loop process through
Group process through the journal the journal page with no more the journal page with two the journal page with more
Processes page including than one aspect of the design aspects of the design loop than two aspects of the design
brainstorming, designing, loop omitted. omitted. loop omitted.
building and testing, and
The students accurately The students accurately drew a The students accurately drew a The students drew a scale
Scale drew a scale model with a scale model with a 1:2 ratio scale model but the ratio was model with incorrect ratio and
Drawing 1:2 ratio. with less than two measurement incorrect. measurement errors.
The product cost less than The product cost $10.00. The product cost between The product cost exceeded
Cost $10.00. $10.01-$11.00. $11.00.