Honestly, this time of the year is stressful yet magical. In terms of stress, teachers are rushing against the last quarter of the year to teach everything students need for the following year. On top of this, they are preparing students for high-stakes testing. However, this time of the year is one of the best since students know the routines and expectations. They are comfortable in the classroom and invested in their classroom family. So, now is the perfect time to incorporate STEM in the classroom. Luckily, the Seasonal STEM & Partner Plays are ready to ensure the end-of-year goes smoothly!
Importance of STEM in the Classroom
Students focus on many subjects for 7-8 hours a day. This means tons of reading, writing, mathematical operations, and critical thinking. Understandably, a school day is exhausting for students! So, STEM allows them to take a break from learning they are familiar with and creatively apply their thinking. When teachers use seasonal STEM activities, classrooms have so much laughter, collaboration, and communication.
These quick and easy STEM activities are excellent ways to explore STEM in the classroom!
Specifically, there are 4 Partner Plays. Each has 2 characters plus the narrator. All focus on spring themes like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and spring weather.
Typically, students learn about their STEM challenge through the teacher. However, this is not the case in this resource; students learn about it through a simple seasonal partner play (a short reading). Each student will take turns reading a role. As they read, they will learn about a problem for the characters in the play. Honestly, this is an incredible way to set up a purposeful and authentic engineering challenge.
All 6 seasonal STEM activities include photos of student examples and a simple materials list. Thankfully, this means teachers won’t have to spend hours searching for or preparing supplies. Since students learn about the challenge through the partner play, they can get to work after reading!
Students’ minds race with ideas when they work on STEM in the classroom. So, there is a STEM workbook for students to use while they create. This will prompt them to collect thoughts through brainstorming and describe the method in their testing. Additionally, it will allow them to track improvements made and draw a final version of the creation.
STEM in the Classroom for Early Finishers
Students always finish working at different speeds. So, there are two extra STEM activities for early finishers. These have limited supplies and a more narrow goal. Luckily, they are perfect for independent work so students can work on them anytime.
STEM in the classroom is often a student-favorite activity. They love working with their hands and creating a solution to a problem. Thankfully, the Seasonal STEM & Partner Plays allow students to work on multiple standards while letting their creativity soar.
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