Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pyramid STEM

A few weeks ago, the children were asked to construct a pyramid using sugar cubes.  There was certain criteria they had to follow(needed to be six levels, fit on the paper plate, etc.). 
Here is what each group came up with.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Snow Similes

After reading Snowflake Bentley, the children were asked to create snow similes.  They then created snowflake collages using chalk to go along with their similes. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

iPads in the Classroom

I have been using iPads in the classroom for a few years now.  However, I always had to use my personal iPad since we didn't have enough iPads for every classroom.

Since I have changed schools, my new school has purchased enough iPads for every grade to have 6!  I think that is fantastic and I make sure to utilize them whenever I can.

A few months ago we learned about Native Americans.  I had the students break into groups of 2 and create a triptych about one of the 3 tribes we learned about.  They then had to videotape themselves explaining their tribe.  I made sure that 3 different tribes were recorded on each iPad.  I then had them break into groups according to which iPad they recorded on.  They watched each other's video as a review of the tribes before the test.

The kids really enjoyed this activity.  I loved how excited they were when their group was up and how quiet the other kids were when listening to the other groups!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Changes bring exciting things in the classroom

Hello All!

I had taken some time off from this blog to concentrate on my students and my own family.  In that time, I bought a new home, changed school systems, and moved two teacher's classrooms(my husbands and my own.)  It has been a busy couple of months!

Now that things have settled down, I wanted to get on here and share some new and exciting things I am doing at my new school.

At this school the big initiative is incorporating STEM lessons in the classroom. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  I love it because STEM is something I had been doing informally in the past but never used official STEM design briefs.  Now that we are well into our school year, I am finding that STEM is a great addition to the classroom and my students have become greater problem solvers and critical thinkers!

Here are a few examples of the projects we have done.

Creating a comfy chair for their mother.
Inspired by the book: "A Chair For My Mother"

Creating an appropriate habitat for a given animal.

Brainstorming and creating mazes using magnetism to navigate a paperclip through.

STEM has not only been fun and rewarding for the students but for me too!