"Science is about asking questions, NOT memorizing answers. Failure is just as valuable as success IF you figure out what caused the failure." - Grandpa Al, page 26
"Check, test, recheck and retest, and test some more." - What Klink & Klank do, page 102
"DOCUMENT IT!"- Through this step our inventors began to provide evidence of their goals and ideas. Without the documentation of their thought process, our inventors cannot build evidence to earn their patent. And let me tell you...this is VERY concerning to them! Documenting their thoughts and processes also continues to help the inventors pinpoint certain issues, reflect, and learn from their mistakes. Below are a few examples of our first entries and initial diagrams into our inventors' journals.
'RESEARCH IT!"- This step has been a bit challenging for our young inventors, as they haven't quite grasped WHY or HOW to research things on something that hasn't been invented yet! Also, some of our inventors are still struggling to find that grand light bulb idea. Despite my best efforts, I don't think they'll start to realize how important the research aspect of this process is until they start building prototypes and trying get their patents.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.7: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
K-2ETS1-1: Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
K-2ETS1-2: Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.