Materials: pencils, copies of the skill sheet, (optional: materials for building the tool—scrap paper, cardboard, straws, tape, glue, etc.)
Overview: Sea otters use tools to get food, and so do we! Students design a tool to help them reach (imaginary) snacks from a high shelf. If there’s time, they can build their tool.
- To begin, remind students that some animals use tools: Sea otters use rocks to open clamshells. Dolphins use sea sponges to cover their beaks so they’re not scraped on the sea floor when they hunt for food.
- Tell your students it’s their turn to come up with a tool to help get food. Someone put (imaginary) snacks on a high shelf. Can students design a tool to help reach them?
- Give each student a copy of the skill sheet. They can work on their own or confer with a partner
- When kids have finished their designs, they can share them with the class.
- If you have the supplies and the time, kids can build their tools.