The Grade 3 & 4 students at Gladmar Regional School, along with their teacher Mrs. Shawna Hind, decided to make a recyclable structure in their classroom. It was part of their Science unit. They came up with a lot of ideas, voted, and finally decided to make a castle! They started collecting 4L milk jugs and lids, and everyone helped out with the collecting. People were collecting jugs and sending them in from six different communities. They kept count of the jugs by using a graph, and when they hit 500 at the end of March, they started building.
They started with a big sheet of cardboard for a base, that would take up about 1/6 of their classroom and act as their new reading corner! Mrs. Hind would apply the hot glue to the jugs and the students would hold it together until it was hard enough to let go. They made double jugs and then, following their own blue prints, started building the walls. They did a lot of the building by rotating groups in stations so they weren’t all squished in there at once.
They used a lot of problem solving to make this structure as strong as they could. They alternated the jug directions on the corners to help tie the walls together and overlapped the jugs beneath as much as they could. They had to discuss how to create an arched doorway and how to make turrets for the top. They kept working for a little time each day until they were slowed down waiting for jugs. They really didn’t know how many they were going to need, because no one had ever made a “milk jug castle” before.
It was completed on Tuesday, April 12th with thirteen layers, plus the turrets on the top. They added a beautiful stone-like tile floor to make it clean and added cushions to make reading in it comfy! They were excited to finally be done and have everyone come see their creation. It took a total of 801 JUGS, 103 large hot glue sticks, and approximately 9 hours to build it! It was a great activity and an assignment in school they will never forget! Mrs. Shawna Hind