Help me give my students the ability to create 3-D shapes from magnetic blocks. Encourage my little engineers to build and refine their designs as they create machines and then improve them using K'NEX and various building materials.
I teach first-grade students in Lowell, Ma. Our school serves a culturally diverse, high-poverty group of children, including special needs students, newcomers, and English language learners. My school started as an overflow school. As new students came to the city they were sent to us. As the number of students continued to swell, our school became a permanent elementary school, then a middle school. Due to high student numbers and limited resources, classrooms are lacking basic educational materials.
My students need brain-building games and materials to encourage both academic and social learning.
My class of six and seven-year-olds is desperate for fun and developmentally appropriate opportunities to practice academic and social skills. Along with math, science, and literacy, some of the social skills my students need include sharing, turn taking, voice regulation, sportsmanship, and material care. I would love to have the opportunity to add to learning tubs and provide opportunities for independent, group, and teacher-directed activities. This requires varied and interesting materials that will be rotated often and changed frequently to meet the changing needs of students in grade one.
My grade one students are full of exciting ideas. My little engineers need exciting and engaging materials like K'NEX, magnetic tiles, and other building materials to bring their ideas to life.
Engaging materials that can be rotated often are key to keeping my students engaged.
Math and science materials will be placed in bins to supplement student learning. Students will work with partners to practice math and science concepts while building much needed social skills. While creating, testing, and redesigning, students will also practice turn-taking, teamwork, and material care. Materials in bins will be rotated often so that students remain engaged and excited about learning.
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