Building Towers Builds Skills

Students pose with their tower of cups
Building a tower with classmates is an activity that first-graders in Kim Derenthal’s class enjoy so much that they hardly notice that the Ann MacArthur Primary School teacher is providing instruction that conforms to the curriculum.

Working on problem-solving activities during mathematics instruction, the students worked collaboratively to determine the best way to create a tower by stacking empty cups. The group took turns counting and placing the cups one on top of another. If the tower fell, the students needed to start over, recounting and rebuilding. 

Ms. Derenthal said the class “practiced important skills, including counting, arranging, and organizing, while having fun in the process and reinforcing to always have a growth mindset!”