I teach in a large, rural elementary school comprised of a very diverse range of learners. We have a large military population, which brings us children from all around the country, many of whom have spent years of their lives overseas. We have a large population of students whose families have immigrated to America from Mexico, Guatamala, Sweden, Kenya, China, Haiti, and Iraq. These students bring other languages and cultural traditions into our small community. Like the sprinkles in a "funfetti" cake, these children are mixed and blended with our local children, many of whom have never left the county, not even to see the nearby beaches or mountains. To say we have a wide-range of experiences, needs, abilities, and interests to serve each day is clearly an understatement.
However, no matter where they come from or where they may be headed, each and every one of our children carries a spark within them we strive to ignite.
This curiosity, if tended, will turn into an eternal flame, a love of learning, of self-growth and improvement, a never-ceasing desire to better themselves and the world around them. Every one of them is brimming with potential, just waiting to be tapped.
By incorporating these materials, my students will learn about STEAM principles and how they apply to everyday life. These kits provide high-quality literature, comprehension and retelling aids, and extension activities that allow students to explore concepts described in the stories.
These STEAM kits provide hands-on activities that allow my students to build their vocabulary through meaningful investigations.
By utilizing these materials, they will gain first-hand experience with the meanings of new, more sophisticated vocabulary words. They will also be able to express their understanding through alternative means when language is a barrier to learning.
By using these activities, students will connect literature, storytelling, science, math, and engineering, expanding their understanding of the world.
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