My second graders are curious, thoughtful and creative. They are energetic and get excited about group projects - they love the process of working with their peers to create something new. In my classroom, they learn to value a sense of community and the belief that a better quality of something can be obtained through successful teamwork.
Though their progress in different subject areas are all at different paces, the things that interest and engage them are all the same: trying out a new science experiment, reading a good book, or playing games to strengthen basically any skill that they are learning are the things that bring my students joy and motivate them to continue learning and growing.
In spite of whatever financial burdens or difficult situations they might be in the midst of in their homes, they come to school daily with smiles on their faces and hearts ready to learn.
My students relish making and building things - whether it be using Unifix cubes to make a fidget spinner or textbooks to build a "tent." They will truly use anything - pencil, paper, scissors, glue - to come up with something like an airplane (aka, a pencil with paper wings glued to it). The ideas they come up with are endless! The itch to build can not be satiated. For the force and motion unit in our science curriculum, The Simple and Powered Machines Lego sets will help my students bring their creative ideas to real life using quality material.
A shortage of quality materials is a persistent problem for my underfunded school and a major hindrance to students' abilities to truly learn by doing.
Having enough Lego sets for students to work in partners will positively contribute to their abilities to fully participate and learn. Students can use the Lego sets for learning in other subjects as well, such as social studies (planning and building a community) and math (measuring different parts of a machine). My students demonstrate a desire to create using the materials that they already have; these Lego sets would give them a chance to expand their creativities and help them build even more amazing things!
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