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Questions and Important Vocabulary

Have you ever been on a roller coaster?
Did you like it?
What made it fun if you did?
What didn't you like about it?
Architect: person who designs buildings and advises in their construction
Base: A large, oblong piece of timber, metal, or stone used especially as a horizontal support
Brace: structural support
Construct: to form by assembling parts, build, erect
Function: what something is used for
Stable: ability to carry a realistic load, strength
Structure: something, as a building, that is constructed
Prototype: an original model on which something is patterned

What you need to know

We are going to make a new amusement park,
Lets brainstorm some ideas of names that we can call it..............
Now lets vote and see which name we will give our new amusement park...............
Great now that we have a name, we need to work on the most important part, the rides!

What you will need

Construction paper
Plastic cups
Pipe cleaners
Flattened cardboard boxes
Roller coaster planning worksheets

What to do next

Students will be divided into small groups. Each group will receive a Roller Coaster Plan worksheet to come up with a roller coaster. We will discuss what is the reason for the worksheet, and how it will help them. What will they include in their worksheet: building plan, size, shape, materials? Together, students will brainstorm ideas for their roller coaster and fill out the top portion of the worksheet. Now that there is a plan of action, lets get building. Each group will have access to whatever materials they need to build their roller coaster. Once their roller coaster is complete, they can complete the second half of the worksheet and now each group can present to the class the roller coaster that they designed.

Discussion Questions

How did your roller coaster differ from the orginal plan?
Why did your plan change?
Do you think architects and builders have the same problem while building new buildings?


Chicago Children's Museum, Teacher Resources

State Standards

  • Use the language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.
  • Understand the process of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems.