Meaningful Moments: Marshmallow and Spaghetti Architects

Meaningful Moments: Marshmallow and Spaghetti Architects

Activity 5 of 15 in this unit

  • Cool+
  • Primary
  • Year 4
  • Mathematics
  • Measurement
  • ...

Activity summary

Students will work in teams to create a tower out of dry spaghetti strands and marshmallows. They will experiment with angles and shapes to find out which works best in creating the highest towers.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that different angles and shapes can be used to provide strength in a built structure.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • experiment with different angles and shapes when building a structure
  • work collaboratively under pressure.

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Activity details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • creativity
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • curiosity
  • problem solving
  • social skills

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description: 

Year 4 Maths:

  • Recognise ways of measuring and approximating the perimeter and area of shapes and enclosed spaces, using appropriate formal and informal units (AC9M4M02)

Relevant parts of Year 4 Mathematics achievement standards: Students use scaled instruments and appropriate units to measure length, mass, capacity and temperature. They measure and approximate perimeters and areas. 

NSW Syllabus outcomes: MA3-10MG

General capabilities: Critical and Creative ThinkingNumeracyPersonal and Social Capability

Resources Required

  • Several packets of dried spaghetti (each group will need 15 lengths of spaghetti)
  • Several packets of mini marshmallows (each group will need 30 marshmallows)
  • Table space for the construction of towers

Additional Info

This is a Cool+ lesson.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low - The teacher will introduce the task and distribute materials at the start of the activity and observe the constructions at the end of the activity.

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