I love my students' energy and enthusiasm for learning. I have 18 students in my class. In our school many students receive free and reduced-price meals and come from low income homes. We have a high percentage who speak English as a second language. I have students that receive support for speech and language, special needs, and social skills.
My students are curious, creative, and love to collaborate with partners.
So, you will see us away from our desks working with groups throughout the day.
When I pass out math manipulatives to teach a concept, I always give the students a minute to play/build before we start using them for the math lesson. They immediately begin building towers, structures, and patterns. They look at others' creations and are inspired with new ideas. This comprehensive STEM kit includes 22 different manipulatives to use with open-ended activities. The bins are organized, labeled, and ready for the students to use. Building bricks, dominoes, pattern blocks, linking cubes, magnetic building shapes, and all the other objects would be used for early finishers, literacy centers, morning work, and as an incentive for work completion throughout the week.
These STEM bins encourage students to use engineering, and provide opportunities to discover, construct, test, and explore using divergent, “outside the box” thinking.
The varied materials in the bins allow students to engage in the engineering design process through simple STEM activities and builds on children’s natural curiosities to create.
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