While no materials is capable at being good at everything, all materials serve a purpose. The story of the three little pigs shows how important that choice of materials can be to the success of a design, however it would be wrong to think that straw and sticks could not be used for another purpose. In this sheet, students come up with alternate applications for these materials to demonstrate that idea.
Space has been left on the worksheet for students who might struggle with written explanations to draw their answers to the question.
For students who finish quickly, give them a design challenge, like the construction of a boat, that must include all three materials, and have them
complete an annotated diagram of their design on the back of the worksheet.