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Boxy Boats

Let's learn about boats!

  • Directions

    1. Provide students with models of a variety of boat types such as sailboats, tugs, freight, cruise ships, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, steamboats, rafts, paddle boats, etc. Talk with students about similarities and differences between the different types of vessels.
    2. In preparation for creating boats of their own, ask students to and family members collect a wide assortment of boxes, foam produce trays, gift-wrap and paper towel rolls.
    3. Students select a boat type to create a 3-dimensional model of using as many recycled materials as possible. Students may select several boat types and combine aspects of each to create an original model.
    4. After selecting materials, students use Crayola Scissor to cut pieces, such as cardboard rolls for smokestacks. Straws make great masks and flagpoles. Glue pieces together using Crayola School Glue. Dry overnight.
    5. After covering their work area with newspaper, students put on Crayola Art Smocks and paint their boats with Crayola Washable Paints and So Big Brushes. Students decorate the boat with Crayola Glitter Glue. Allow time for models to dry overnight.
    6. Allow time in the school day for students to present their projects and explain their choices for design.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    SS: Identify and describe examples in which science and technology have changed the lives of people, such as in homemaking, childcare, work, transportation, and communication.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Encourage students to share their knowledge of boats and how we boats influence our everyday lives. Some students may not have ever see a boat. If so, how do boats influence them? Talk about transportation of food, manufactured products from other countries, etc.

    In small groups, have students investigate the world map. After identifying the country they live in, ask students to look for bodies of water where their boats might travel. As students name the bodies of water, write them on a classroom white board or piece of easel paper. Can students differentiate between an ocean and a lake from the map?

    What are other types of transportation that we use today? Have students name vehicles they know and add to their lists with omissions. Discuss the purpose of each vehicle.


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