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Lesson Plan

Physical Science: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Subject: Science
Grade span: 3 to 5
Duration: 90 minutes (or 45 minutes per day)
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Exploring Science Through Projects and Problems


This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Exploring Science Through Projects and Problems. In this activity, students are presented with a problem: construct a prototype of a bridge or other device to get the goats in the story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, to the other side of the river without getting eaten by the troll.

Learning Goals:


Per team, prepared in baggie or small box:


Safety Considerations Safety Considerations:
Allow enough space for students to work safely.

What to Do:

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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