Structure & Function

Block Exploration is a Good Start Activity that was launched in each classroom. Young children naturally want to build tall structures. However, standing the tallest blocks on the shortest side produces unstable structures that fall down. Teachers explore the idea of creating stable structures. Then children demonstrate the concept of how to build a stable vs. unstable structure. These experiences reinforce children’s understanding of the relationship between structure and function.

Children Demonstrating their Understanding
Suzane asked the children to build both a stable and unstable structure. Suzane then prompted the children to test their structures by shaking the table, predicting which one would stand, which would fall, and why. She was evaluating children’s understanding of Structure & Function.

Teacher Reinforcing Children’s Understanding
In Heidi’s class, block experiences and their exposure to a house being built in the neighborhood reinforced children’s understanding of the relationship between structure and function.