Parts of a Ship
Grade Level: K-6
Standards: K-2-ETS1: Engineering Design p.23 NGSS vol.1
ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
Content Area: math, science
Recommended Length/Duration: 30 minutes
Goals: Students learn the various parts of different types of sailing vessels and their functions on each vessel. Think about the differences in design and the differences in function.
(K-2-ETS1-2: 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.; K-2-EST1-3: Analyze data from test of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.)
- On the board, draw the diagram one of the ships in the lesson
- Write on the pieces of paper the various parts of the vessel large enough to see around the room. Put tape on the back of each one
- Give one label to each student
- Have them come up one at a time and place the label where they think it goes
- As they put them and labels end up in the wrong locations, ask which they think is right and which they think is wrong. Discuss which could be changed
- Rearrange the various labels as necessary to their appropriate locations. While doing so, discuss what each part of the ship is and its function
- Discuss the different shapes of the two types of boats. Why are the shaped differently? How are the different boats designed to do different jobs?
Written Examination: Have students fill out from memory the different plans of the vessels in this lesson and explain their function. Why are the shapes and parts of each boat type different?
- Paper, Board, Marker, Tape
- Parts of a Ship Materials (PDF) (Vessel Diagrams and Keys, Boat Parts Dictionary)