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Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Engineer

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/6
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1

Labs: Launch Stage - Engineer

Learning target: 

  • I can draw an open-wall picture of my classroom.

  • I can use straightedges to create a more precise drawing.


  • In the Engineer Lab, the Launch stage prepares students to draw an open-side drawing of a physical space.

In advance:


  • Review the Labs song.
  • Post: Focus question (optional).

Setting Goals 

  • Post: Guiding question and learning target(s) for the Lab students will be launching that day (see detailed plans for each Lab on the pages that follow).

In the Lab

  • Create an open-side drawing of a familiar space within the school (another classroom, library, cafeteria, etc.).

  • Prepare workstations by placing paper, pencils, and rulers at each workstation for students to draw an open-side drawing.

  • Consider:

    • Providing copies of the model drawing at each workstation for students to reference while working.
    • How to store students’ projects, since some may continue to work on the same project for several days or weeks.

Reflect on Learning

  • Post: Sentence frames or picture clues for any reflection questions you will use regularly (optional).



  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Text for Storytime (chosen by teacher)

Setting Goals

  • Labs notebook (new; one per student and one for teacher modeling)

  • Pencils (one per student)

  • Learning target(s) (one to display for each Lab; see Launch Stage: At-a-Glance for the specific targets for each Lab)

In this Lab

  • Model drawing (new; teacher-created; see Teaching Notes)

  • Paper (blank; several pieces per student)

  • Pencils (one per student or a cup of pencils per workstation)

  • Rulers (one per student or a cup of rulers per workstation)

  • Clipboards (one per student)

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Labs notebook (one for teacher modeling and one per student)