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Jennifer Walker

Holiday Design Challenge: A New Home for Mr. Gingerbread (Seesaw)

Grades: 6th Grade, 5th Grade, 4th Grade
Subjects: Writing, STEAM, Math

Student Instructions

You received the following letter in the mail. Out of curiosity, you open it and read: Dear Engineers, My name is Mr. Gingerbread. I am in search of a new home. I am looking for a bigger house that is decorated more to my tastes. Elf is my favorite movie! In fact, I love everything with sugar: candy canes, candy corn, marshmallows, licorice. If it has sugar in it, I want it on my house! To be the chosen engineers, you must adhere to the following guidelines: 1. House needs to be built out of cardboard and gingerbread glue. 2. It must fit on a cardboard base that measures 14" x 10". 3. Your design must have at least 4 walls and a roof that protects from the weather. 4. Your decorations must be thoughtfully placed. 5. A landscaped yard is a plus! You will have $100 to spend. Use it wisely! I look forward to seeing what you can do! Sincerely, Mr. Gingerbread You will be working with a partner to complete this project. Open one template and be sure to add both partners to it. Each page in the student template is an important part of documenting your learning. As you work, be sure to keep your assignment updated. When your build is complete, click the check to submit.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

This activity works for grades 3+ and up. I have used it with 3rd graders and they were quite successful!