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Spin Factory - Design a Fidget Device

Yellow Fidget Spinner on Grey Background Photo
Children Fidget Spinner Photo
Boy Holding Fidget Spinner Photo

This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering measurement and conversion of measurements. It is designed to reinforce core math subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and character education skills and concepts.

Grades
4

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 day curriculum unit in 4th-grade Mathematics by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with FutureFit skills design thinking, entrepreneurial drive, idea generation, and data synthesis.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will design prototype fidget devices using LEGO bricks or card stock. As part of the design process, they will perform market research, do pricing and currency conversion for international sales, estimate, measure, compare, and convert design specifications into customary units of measure, and prepare marketing "data sheets" that incorporate and display the relevant data.

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • Solving problems involving measurement and conversion of measurement
  • Representing and interpreting data

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minutes periods of instruction. If a more focused lesson is appropriate, select the 3-day Short Lesson. The Concept Check version provides activities which reinforce the core math concepts.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following Common Core State Standards curriculum standards:

  • 4.MD.A.1 and 4.MD.A.2, Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit
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