Building houses from Abiyoyo

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Our students really loved the books Abiyoyo and Abiyoyo Returns when we read them last week. The stories originated in South Africa, so we found South Africa on a map and a globe.

Today we reread Abiyoyo and then built houses from the book out of marshmallows, Dots, and toothpicks. Students explored which materials were better for building, the different shapes they could use in their structures, and how large of a structure they could make before it collapsed.

Some of the students got discouraged when their structure collapsed, but we talked about how, when you are building things, it often doesn’t work the first time, so you just have to try again. The students seemed to be a little more okay with imperfection after hearing this, but it is certainly something we will continue to work on.

After they were done, each student drew a picture and wrote about what they did. As we were doing the activity, several students told us, “I wish we could do this every day!”

IMG_1428    Houses from Abiyoyo