Help me give my students hands on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning opportunities with materials like play sand, personal journals, watercolors and independent science stations.
My school is located in a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. The majority of the families in our school are considered low income, with more than 95% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.
Despite the multitude of challenges my students might encounter in their daily lives, the resilience and excitement each child brings to the classroom is inspiring.
I seek to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment where my students can explore the world around them while building meaningful relationships.
Many of the items I've requested are intended to provide learning experiences for my students within the field of STEAM. Materials such as play sand, water colors and Unifix cubes can provide countless open-ended learning opportunities that allow students to build abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills.
A typical day in my classroom always includes student-directed work time where children engage independently or in small groups with hands-on activities.
These activities are intended to foster the exploration and consolidation of prior learning from whole-group math and science lessons. Materials such as dry erase markers, student journals and flip charts are important pieces in these whole-group lessons.
Equal in importance to academic content in any elementary classroom is always social and emotional learning. In my classroom I implement daily mindfulness activities, community circles, and read alouds to help students develop skills such as self-regulation, empathy and conflict-resolution. I am excited to share with my students the books I’ve requested including titles such as “Red: A Crayon’s Story” which teaches students about the importance of self expression.
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