It’s the beginning of the school year! What is one thing you do during the first week to establish a sense of community? As a former classroom teacher, I can answer this question in many ways – picture books, morning meetings, get-to-know-you events, and teamwork games were all strategies I used. Now, as a specialist, I […]
For many teachers it is time for back to school. A time when you prepare your classroom for a new group of learners. You start planning your lessons and creating new ways to inspire your class! We each come back to school with new passion for our positions, new goals set, and along with that […]
A Quick STEM Activity – Design and Create a New Paper Clip Quick STEM Challenges are the perfect way to practice the engineering design practice when you are short on time. These challenges can be completed in one to two class periods or an after school session. I recommend this challenge for kids in grades […]
Do you have a ton of newspapers and in need of some newspaper STEM challenges? Read below for three easy newspaper STEM challenges you can do right away! As a STEM educator, I tend to hoard a lot of materials. Craft sticks, cardboard, paper towel tubes…almost anything can become part of a challenge! My husband recently started ordering […]
Let’s Start Coding – a GREAT Way to Learn Programming Have your students tried Scratch and Snap Circuits but are ready for something more challenging? There are a lot of STEM kits out there to choose from, but I hope you will consider this one. Let’s Start Coding sent me a basic kit to review […]
The Best STEM Challenge for Primary Grades Improve Student Learning with a STEM Challenge Do you want your students and their families to have fun while learning about the different aspects of S.T.E.A.M? (Yes, we added the “A” for art because one of us is an art teacher!) If you do, then the Sammie STEAM […]
Do You Need Simple STEM Activities? Read on. I am a huge fan of using inexpensive materials to explore STEM concepts. Paper plate STEM might not sound appealing at first, but it is seriously amazing. Not only can you easily fit several hundred in your tote bag, you don’t need a lot of additional materials […]
It has been such funny weather here in Wisconsin! It has rained for two days so indoor recess is always fun and then yesterday it snowed. So, lucky me, I have some leeway as to what I can teach our kindergartners. Do you ever need an idea right before a holiday, when it is just […]
Spring is in the air, and so is STEM! Students are finally outside again observing their natural world! One of the things that students are most excited about is finding bird nests and looking at bird eggs! Each year students bring in nests that they’ve found on the ground. They also bring in broken […]
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, your kids will be overwhelmed with heart-shaped candy and all the lovey-dovey excitement of the holiday! We have four fun and engaging STEM activities that will harness the extra energy for a comprehensive learning experience. The most loved STEM challenge in our classroom is building catapults! While catapults were originally […]
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