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Second-graders Study Bridges

Second-graders in Laura OGrady’s Project Math class are beginning their semester-long study of bridges by learning about the different types. They recently learned about beam bridges and tested the strength of different types of bridges using wooden blocks, cardstock, and pennies. Students folded the paper in different ways then tested their strength by placing pennies on the paper. “The Bridges Unit is an interdisciplinary unit that links directly to the classroom curriculum. In social studies, bridges are part of the geography and mapping unit,” OGrady, who is a new member of the Lotspeich faculty, said. “Exploring famous bridges in our community and around the world helps to connect ideas about cities, states, countries, and continents.” OGrady said throughout Project Math, students learn to solve and investigate problems collaboratively, as well as recording, sharing, and interpreting data. “Students are also learning how to ask meaningful questions that drive their learning,” OGrady said.