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    Teacher Guide ~ Unit 4

Poems for Unit (assign one or more for memorization)

Overview A
Day A1        Day A2

Day A3        Day A4
Project A   

Overview B
Day B1        Day B2

Day B3        Day B4
Project B 
Bridge Dir.
Review B ~ On Student Weblinks

Overview C
Day C1        Day C2

Day C3        Day C4
Unit Celebration

Validation of Learning

Student Weblinks

Time:  3 weeks (changed from 2 to 3)          Theme:  Teamwork

Topics:  Getting along with people

  • The Israelites after the Exodus; the 10 Commandments, the sanctuary, & Day of Atonement
  • A survival simulation in which students work together in teams--Teacher Directions.
  • Nouns and prepositions at work.


  • Group survival simulation throughout the unit with daily group activities.
  • Project A - group building project of straws and masking tape.
  • Survival meal prepared by groups on Day B2.
  • Project B - Groups build a Popsicle stick bridge approximately 16 inches long.  An optional contest can be held to see which bridge holds the most weight.  (Vegetable stew cooked indoors by groups or potatoes baked by a campfire are also possibilities)
  • Unit Test and Unit Celebration - Day of Atonement presentations; Floor plan of the Sanctuary and specific information about Sanctuary furniture.

Other projects that might fit this unit:  Spend a day in the woods or wild; overnight campout with bare necessities; orienteering.

Bulletin Board Ideas:
  • Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. (Henry Ford)
  • The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.
  • Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.  (Helen Keller)
  • Psalm 133:1 "How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"  
WB01512_.gif (115 bytes) Supplies Needed:   (List continued on the back of this page)
  • Group games:  Bell or whistle for teacher, 10 potatoes per group, 4 balloons per group
  • Poster board or large paper for making group signs and reporting
  • Colored construction paper for making group flag.
  • Project A:  Approximately 100 straws and a roll of masking tape per group.
  • Day B1:  Light colored yarn (larger amount) and blue yard (smaller amount) for students to make tassels.
  • Day B2 and onward:  Approximately 150 flat Popsicle sticks per group for building bridges.  Students may use the glue of their choice and may want to provide their own.  (Elmer's white glue is very suitable!)
  • Day B3:  One strong rubber band per student (The thick kind like the post office uses) and scratch paper
  • Day B4: 3 potatoes (or heavier objects) per student and 3 cotton balls (or lighter objects) per student; also one spoon per student (can be plastic)
  • Project B:  Finish the group bridges--if not done.  If you use the cooking projects, each group will need two or three potatoes; a small carrot, an onion, one stalk of celery, and 1 1 /2 teaspoons of salt to make soup.  (Or have students each bring a potato, wrapped in foil, to bake in an outdoor campfire.)  The optional bridge contest can also be held on this day.
  • C2:  masking tape, drop cloth, large old T-shirt that is light colored, permanent marker, five Q-tips and one straw for each student, one small bowl of water with a differnt color of food coloring added for each group, a large bowl of water with bleach to clean stains out of T-shirt.
  • C3: Drop cloth, one bowl of ice cream per group with one spoon, two trash bags per group and one blinkfold per group.
  • Finale Project Possibility:  Groups invite pastors, school board members, etc. to come to a Tabernacle or Sanctuary Museum.   Students have researched and prepared one area of the Sanctuary, with artifacts, to talk about.  Students stand like wax museum figures until approached by visitors, and then they recite the short, memorized blurbs of information they have prepared and show the similes of artifacts they have made.  The Day of Atonement is acted out by groups as part of the unit test.

Optional bridge contest:  Use uniform weights (like cans of food) to test bridge strength.  Take pictures of bridges before the contest!  What privilege will the winning group receive as a prize?