Maria sees an elephant eating.
She wonders about ways elephants can use their trunks.
Help her learn.
What are some internal and external structures of elephants?
What are some ways that elephants use their trunks?
How do trunks help elephants to survive?
How might other elephant structures help them survive?
Build an elephant with a moveable trunk.
Show Maria ways the elephant uses its trunk to survive.
Program your model. Show how the elephant uses its trunk to reach for food. Show how it can make elephant sounds.
Use your model to explain how an elephant’s trunk can reach high tree branches for food.
How does this help the elephant grow?
Use your model to explain how an elephant can make a loud sound with its trunk.
How does this help it communicate?
Think of an internal structure.
Add new elements to the elephant model that stand for it.
Program the model.
Show how elephants use this structure to survive.
Think about lungs, a stomach, or another idea.