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Owl Moon 

Jane Yolen 2-4 grade


Picture Book


Summary of the story :
The story deals with a father that takes his daughter owling for the first time on a cold winter's night. Along their way, they encounter a Great Horned Owl. It is a coming of age story of a young girl with her father.






Possible Design Challenges:
  • And the moon was so bright… What makes the moon bright?  Could we design something to predict the moon brightness?  Is it bright all the time?

  • Our feet crunched over the crisp snow … Could we design a shoe that would not make noise on the snow?

  • Pa made a long shadow, but mine was short and round. …

  • Then he called:  Whoo-whoo-who-who-who-whoooooo  …Design an instrument that can make this sound.. What causes sound?  Experiment with instruments that make sound

  • I could feel the cold, as if someone’s icy hand was palm-down on my back…  Design a better way to save the heat of your body.  Design a garment to cover your neck. 

Designing a garment to save body heat is a great way to use a thermal probe and plot the change in temperature without a garment and with a garment.  Its great because you can show how one group's design functions differently than another. It also gives a little competition between the groups when the plots are displayed.  In addition one teachers math around graphs such as slope and plotting.
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