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					                  Community Helpers & Their Vehicles


We have been learning about community helpers. Think of the
community helpers that we have been talking about and the
vehicles that they drive.

Design Challenge:
You will design and build a vehicle that a community helper would
use for work.

Your vehicle must:
   be at least 10 one-inch cubes long.

   be at least 5 one-inch cubes tall.

   have a door that opens and closes.

   be able to travel the length of 108 one-inch cubes (3 yardsticks).




 Materials                                                 Tools
 You can use some or all of the materials listed.          You can use some or all of the listed tools.
   •   cardboard boxes                                         •    scissors
   •   cereal boxes, etc.                                      •    pencil
   •   construction paper                                      •    one-inch cubes
   •   egg cartons                                             •    yardsticks
   •   straws
   •   wheels
   •   cardboard                                           For Adult Use Only:
   •   glue                                                    • paper drill
   •   tape
   •   dowels or lollipop sticks
   •   clothes pins


 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL):
 History K.6 Community Helpers  Science K.1 Plan and conduct Investigations  Oral Language K.2 Use
 listening and speaking vocabularies. Follow directions. K.3 Build oral communication skills.
 History 1.7 Explain differences between goods and services
                                                                 Nancy Guedri, Kathy Burnette, Heather Sinnot 2008
                                                                                               Chesterfield, Virginia
                                                                           (Edited by Ginger Whiting, November 2008)
Teacher Hints:

   •   This activity may be used during or after a discussion of community helpers. It
       may also be used when discussion transportation and/or goods and services.

   •   Remember that “vehicle” refers to transporting structures that can move on land,
       water, or in the air.

   •   Graphics relating to tools used by some community helpers were included on the
       challenge page. These graphics can be used to brainstorm lists of people that
       might use the tools in their work. Students can decide if the worker fits the
       definition of “community helpers” you have provided your students. Provide
       additional graphics/pictures if you think they would enhance your discussion.

   •   No pictures of vehicles were included on the design brief. This encourages the
       students to brainstorm more than one idea. Make a list on chart paper of all of
       the names of vehicles that the students brainstorm. Post this in the classroom.

   •   Provide books about community helpers. Students can search though the books
       for pictures to guide them in their designing and building activity.

   •   To locate multiple ways to attach wheels go to http://www.sln.org.uk/d&t/Datafile/
       and download the file: STEP 83 Movement: axles & chassis Or contact
       ginger@childrensengineering.com and request the file.


                                                                       And have fun! -ginger




 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL):
 History K.6 Community Helpers  Science K.1 Plan and conduct Investigations  Oral Language K.2 Use
 listening and speaking vocabularies. Follow directions. K.3 Build oral communication skills.
 History 1.7 Explain differences between goods and services
                                                                 Nancy Guedri, Kathy Burnette, Heather Sinnot 2008
                                                                                               Chesterfield, Virginia
                                                                           (Edited by Ginger Whiting, November 2008)

				
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