My students are a diverse group of third to sixth graders at a public, dual-language school in Boston. They love hands-on learning and exploring connections between what they learn here in STEM and ESL class and the real world. When you walk into any of my classes, you will see students working both independently and in groups to test their hypotheses about how things work and how they can be improved.
The more they discover, the more questions they develop and want to explore about the world around them.
In science class, students are often given choices about how they want to show their thinking and ideas. Most of the time they show their work using drawings, writings or presentations. By far, the most popular tools for sharing their work are Legos and Play-Doh.
In the past, only a select few students have been able to use these tools because we only have a very limited supply.
These additional materials will allow for more students to be able to show their work and their thinking in an enjoyable and exciting way that helps to add more creativity to their STEM work.
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