Most students love S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. They don't even realize they are learning as they explore and problem solve. I am not sure how it is at your school, but I always feel we focus so much on reading that S.T.E.M. gets put on the back burner. Then everyone wonders why Math and Science scores are so low.
I am also a big proponent of including S.T.E.M. (especially in K/1) because usually students who struggle with reading do well with S.T.E.M. projects. I like them to feel successful and boost their confidence.
This is why I added S.T.E.M. as part of my Daily 5 Centers, making it the Super 6. Some days my kids do all 6 centers and other days we do 3 centers and 3 the next day. It seems to work well for me. You can read more about the Super 6 in previous posts.
This is a fun Science activity the kids love. Click here to grab it!
Tip: When I have kids make a prediction, I always have them use a marker to make them with first. This way they can't erase and change them if their findings are not the same.
Today I was lucky enough to chaperone my daughter and her class on a field trip to the Kennedy Space Center. They loved it and had a great time. It was her first field trip in years (her wonderful teachers worked hard for a grant) and my youngest daughter has never gone on a field trip. Our county cut all field trips as a part of budget cuts. My poor firsties would just love to ride on a bus anywhere. I will have to look for grants next year. Do you get to do field trips? Where do you take your kids?