May 25, 2017

5 End of the Year Activities

5 End of the Year Activities
      Wow! Another year is about to end.  I’m so tired, but I want to leave my students with activities they will remember.  It’s also important to keep students actively engaged until the end. So here is a few of my favorite “End of the Year Activities!” 


5. STEM Paper Airplane Challenge is a collection of activities where students create paper airplanes for different purposes.  Your students will love the last days of your class designing, creating, engineering, predicting, and testing their creations. Students will problem solve and think critically as they complete their airplane challenges.
4.Foil Academy Awards:  Students make tin foil awards and vote for their classmates for the awards.  Student Choice Awards!! So fun and the students love designing them.

3. End of the Year Memory Books:  A great keepsake for your students.  Students will love writing about all their experiences from the year.


2.  STEM Raft Challenge: Building a Raft is a STEM activity where students design, create, engineer, predict, and test their rafts. (This is a FREE Lesson)


1. WaterBottle Flipping: Students love to flip water bottles, so why not turn it into a lesson they won’t soon forget.  It’s a great outside activity that your students will love!

April 29, 2017

Fidget Spinners in the Classroom

Fidget Spinning in the Classroom
Making Mayhem Meaningful
Wow! Another new trend! Students spinning different kinds of spinners, and retailors marketing them for something that will help students focus.  I’m a teacher who has ADD so I fidgeted with everything as a student, and as an adult.  The key with fidgeting is to figure out how to do it without distracting others!  So, in my classroom my students can use theirs~ if they do it without distracting others.  If they’re waving it around showing everyone~ they’re not fidgeting they are distracting! Life Lesson!
Teachers whatever your stand on is with spinners in the classroom, KIDS are CRAZY about them! Knowing that, why not engage them in a lesson that your students will love!
Students are so excited about spinners~ take that excitement and let it boost their learning!
  Click here to check it out! 



STEM Fidget Spinner Challenges:
Making Observations~ What is happening with the spinner? Why does it work?  What is its weight and measurements?

Making a Fidget Spinners~ I have been wowed by the creativity that comes from students when they have the freedom to explore!







Materials:
Pop lids
Rubber bands
Craft sticks
Skateboard bearings
Foam
Straws

Paper clips/binder clips




Collecting Data/ Finding Variable in Project:
Does it matter if you spin on the table or on your hand?

Teaching students how to test and answer their own questions is key in have them to think critically and problem solve. 




Students will start coming up with their own questions they want to test.  Whenever my students start their own wondering, I know they are learning and totally engaged!


In my classroom, I rotated my students through different stations to test the spinners.  This made it easier to manage.   I also used this as a great opportunity to revisit opinion writing. Amazon Prime was the easiest way to get the spinners and the fastest way too! 



I also teamed with Tied 2 Teaching would created a Close Reading Activity that goes great with this STEM activity! Click here to check it out!