Teaching is my passion, not just my job! The purpose of this blog is to share my journey of teaching! I'm always looking for new ways to teach my students. Teaching is about learning and finding ways to engage all students! My students help write and edit my blog.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are critical skills our
students must have to be successful. As
teachers we don’t even know the jobs that will be available when our students
are grown. It is up to us to teach our
students how to think “Out of the Box.”
This movie clip really spoke volumes to me when I saw it. (movie
clip) The scientist and engineers only
had what was in the box to fix a problem.
Giving our students challenges like that daily or weekly in our
classrooms will prepare them to think differently, to think creatively! It will
also prepare our students to work in groups, to learn to compromise, and to
learn how to communicate. These are all
skills that are essential in preparing our students for the future.
as a fifth grade teacher, I incorporate STEM challenges into my classroom as
often as possible! Teaching STEM is fun and engages my students in learning
that will prepare them for the future.
know it doesn’t always look pretty.Sometimes you have “JUNK’ everywhere.During those times, I don’t post pictures to my Instagram page.Teaching
students to clean up after their project is over is also important.Organization becomes key to clean up.
How do I
store my stuff so my students can access it when needed?
I have found that an organizer works for your
basics stuff. I do have a plastic tub
filled with extra stuff. Students can
rummage around in to find something if needed.STEM
teachers become collectors of “Junk” saving paper towel rolls, toilet paper
rolls, lids for containers, plastic bags, and much more. It's important to see what things can become through a child's eyes! Let your students explore, design, create, and have fun!!!!
This is a great book that will promote one of my March STEM Projects!
We love teachers! Thank you Kelie Hall, for inviting us and organizing our blog hop! I can't wait to see what everyone does for Valentine's Day!
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite
school holidays!Yes, it can be a little
challenging with all the excitement, but the key is to channel their energy
into fun academic activities! Students can have fun and be learning important
skills at the same time!
Valentine STEM Activities are a fun way
to engage students in learning. I love
using Conversation Hearts! They are cheap! It’s way to easy to spend too much
money in the classroom, so I try to find items that are easy to find and not
too expensive. Taking students through the
Science Process while engaging them in fun Valentine’s Day Activities helps
them stay excited while somewhat under control.
Another fun activity is Building Eiffel Towers! Students use newspaper to construct a
statue similar to the Eiffel Tower.Their
towers must stand and resemble the Eiffel Tower. I’m always amazed at how creative my students
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Getting students engaged after a long break
sometimes can be a little tricky! But January Winter STEM Activities includes five different STEM challenges that your
students will love! Students plan, design, engineer, solve problems, and
collect data as they are having fun during the winter season.Students are also learning many important
math and science concepts!
My students are always so engaged
when observing the changes that happen outdoors during the winter months.
Teaching students about nature and how that during the winter months birds have
a scarcity of food is extremely important. Students design and create bird
feeders using recycled materials.Students
get to solve a real problem by creating ways to feed the birds during the
winter months.My students loved this
activity so much several of them started researching more about birds!
Another fun experiment to do with
your students during the winter months is conducting a glove experiment based
on colors.Students measure the
temperatures on the different gloves throughout the day!Students get to see how different colors
absorb the light.
Winter Road Safety Experiment is an
experiment that students can test how different substances melt ice.Students will conduct experiments and test
STEM Cable Car Project is one of my
favorite STEM projects.Students learn and design a cable car that will travel a distance safety carrying a passenger.Several of my students had been on a cable
car before so they had some prior knowledge of how cable cars work.I showed a picture of a cable car before my
students started designed their cable cars.My students designed, created, tested, and redesigned their cable cars. My students loved seeing how their cable cars performed and how their passengers traveled throughout the journey!
Activity 1: Students build bird
feeders using recycled materials
Activity 2: Students conduct a glove
experiment based on color
Activity 3: Students conduct a glove
experiment based on type "How warm are your gloves?"
Activity 4: Students conduct a Winter
Road Safety Experiment
Activity 5: Students construct Cable
Cars that can safely transport a passenger.
Getting students excited about
their learning is so important!Students
learned many important concepts throughout these STEM projects.Students measured, collected data, and
learned about how matter interacts with different substances.