Upon reading the first couple of chapters from The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, our Grade 5s enthusiastically participated in their own Assignment Day Ceremony, complete with a 'letter from the Mayor of Ember'. In the same way as the 'graduating class' of Ember received their first job assignments - jobs that served to support the ongoing survival and success of the City of Ember, so too did our Grade 5s. The jobs included messenger, pipeworks helper, greenhouse keeper, street sweeper, electricians helper, cart puller, doctors assistance, and supply depot clerk. CCS students buzzed with excitement and anticipation as each student drew and revealed their own job assignment. Information in the letter from Ember's mayor (see below) provided them with clues to their first of many tasks.
Congratulations on your first job assignment!
As a member of the Ember community it is your responsibility to fulfill your new position to the best of your ability. You will be required to think flexibly as you begin your new job. Being a part of this graduating class, it has also fallen to you to be innovative and creative to ensure that the ways of life in Ember can be maintained and improved. Your specific assignment is to create an electrical mechanism to enhance or make easier the responsibilities of your specific job assignment. Before you take on this important task, you will need to research electricity and refine your skill in creating electrical devices. I will have the specific criteria sent to you soon! Best of luck as you begin to dream up unique inventions!
The Mayor of Ember
In preparing for this task, students will need to become familiar with electrical theory through the study of electricity and magnetism. After each science activity students will be encouraged to spend some time to add to and evaluate their group's ideas regarding their electrical device ... what ideas can we eliminate and what new ideas do we have?