My students need engineering-themed activities, books, and tools to supplement our existing science curriculum and support the new (and very rigorous) Next Generation Science Standards! Each activity will make a great center activity, including sink and float!
My kindergartners are dynamic and fun-loving, sweet, hardworking, and dedicated kids who make learning and teaching a blast!
Although my kids work so well together as a cohesive group, they are truly active and unique individuals with their own varied needs.
From extremely bright second-language learners to students with particular educational needs, my little learners love to learn, explore, discover, and grow!
We are a community-oriented school in a wonderful neighborhood. Our school is family focused because it definitely takes a village!
The new national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) include a great deal of engineering and real-world practical components in its implementation. Using our new engineering-themed activities will support the NGSS and promote strong problem-solving skills, encourage teamwork, and allow for learning while having fun!
I want to give my students a head start toward thinking about a future in science, especially a career in engineering!
For example, the sink and float activity will help my students explore the science behind buoyancy; the Create-A-Chain STEM kit will teach firsthand how STEM concepts such as gravity, force, and momentum can create exciting chain reactions; the Crazy Shapes Magnetic Building Set will allow my students to make informed decisions to create stable structures; and the Surviving The Quake activity takes it to the next level to create structures that can withstand five different levels of earthquake intensity. Talk about putting little engineers to the test for real-world situations!
I am building up my science materials so that I can incorporate science into our everyday center time. With guidance and additional instruction, the materials I've requested would eventually become self-guided science centers that students could learn from and enjoy doing on a daily basis.
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