My students are hard-working children from a rural, Title 1 school. As a small 4/5 school, we are often limited on resources and funding. I am constantly seeking ways to challenge my students and keep them engaged throughout my lessons. In our Math and Science class, we strive to learn the "whys" and "hows" of the world.
My students question the world around them and seek to learn more beyond the basics.
They are eager to learn and utilize 21st century skills and be able to share those skills with others.
My students need a opportunites to develop their critical thinking and creativity skills. This project will help stimulate and STEM-ulate their brains with STEM bins. Students will use various objects such as building bricks, plus plus blocks, and magnetic tiles to build and create during homeroom each morning.
Each morning, students will have the opportunity to begin the day with a task to get their brains energized and ready for critical thinking and problem solving.
Even older students still need both free and structured exploration time with manipulatives and building materials. These materials will enable my students to also explore with objects in ways they may never have thought to do so before, such as using Play-doh to build a mouse trap or pipe cleaners to construct and write about a robot.
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