The Wild Robot is a modern day tale of a robot that becomes stranded in the wild after an accident. This story is making it’s way across classrooms and into children’s lives, and with good reason. It’s a captivating comparison of technology and the natural world. As with all reading materials, they begin to take on more meaning when kids are able to apply what they’ve read in their lives and lessons. That’s why I’ve created this cross curricular extension activity package. It combines geometry and paragraph writing. Keep reading to get a peak into how you can use extension activities for The Wild Robot.
The first part of this package asks kids to create their own robot made entirely of 2D shapes. There is a creative aspect involved here, since students need to think about why certain shapes would be best. For example: a circular head on a robot would mean greater ease to turn it in all directions. This is meant to display both a student’s shape recognition as well as their critical thinking skills. For example, a student may state that their robot has hexagon eyes because the hexagon has many sides, which gives the robot many angles of view.
Teachers can either skip the 2D shapes, or begin with 2D shapes as a progression towards their 3D robot. Students should be able to convert their 2D shapes into 3D shapes, and use similar logic as to why those are the best shapes to use. This might also be the beginning of a fun play-dough assignment, in which kids can physically build their robots.
The next step involves students writing a descriptive paragraph about their robot creation. Students will receive both a paragraph planner and lined paper with a writing checklist. The paragraph is designed to get students explaining the shapes they’ve chosen as well as the logic behind their choices. It’s a great way for students to both explain their critical thinking as well as demonstrate their writing skills.
In this section, students are told that a company called Robo Works wants to send robots into the wild to learn about the animals. Students are tasked with convincing Robo Works, that the robot they’ve created is perfect for the job. Once again, students will display their critical thinking skills here, but will also need to feature their knowledge for the persuasive elements of writing.