The students in my classroom are not learning mathematics and science, they are doing them. Each lesson has a hands-on component that allows the students to interact in a way that provides a concrete understanding.
Our school is a first ring suburb of a large metropolitan area.
More than half of our students live in poverty and receive free or reduced meals. We have the highest number of refugee students in our school district and over 40 languages are spoken in the district. The students are wonderful learners, who require more than the old paper/pencil model of instruction. They want to be engaged through hands-on lessons. They need lessons that require them to be collaborative while working in teams. Each day they ask me when we are going to do the part of the lesson where we "construct our learning." The level of STEM understanding increases dramatically when they do the work with manipulatives, rather than just solve on paper. Their engagement in the lesson increases exponentially.
My students need 2 Snap Circuit kits and 4 Fraction Tile elementary math and science kits. They will use them to construct geometric vehicles to hold circuits, enhancing their science, math, engineering & technology skills. The fraction tiles will be to enhance their understanding of equivalent fractions.
The vehicles will be powered by the circuits, making them energy driven.
This will enable my students to learn about the power of electricity and apply it to engineering skills.
It will be in an applied environment, where they are not just reading about these concepts, but utilizing that knowledge to create a working model. This engaging activity will solidify their engineering skills and how electricity can be used to drive machines.
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