My students need hands-on resources such as 3-D Magnetic Builders, Bristle Builders, and Gear Builders so they can engineer their way into learning.
I teach Kindergarten to 24 of the sweetest, most loving, caring, and smart 5 year old kids. They love coming to school to learn, to be part of something special and I strive each day to make each day the best ever.
Our school is 99% Latino and our entire school qualifies for free lunch.
Many students live in multi-generational homes and their parents work 2-3 jobs just to make ends meet. I do my best to make my classroom a positive and nurturing environment for them everyday, however, due to budget cutbacks it is sometimes difficult to get the materials we need to establish success.
There is so much talk about STEM these days and I would like for my students to join in the game. My class needs resources and manipulatives that allow them to have a hands on approach to learning about engineering.
Kindergarten students learn to play and play to learn.
The students will be able to create, converse, and share, as they construct using these materials that we are requesting. The 3D Magnectic Builders, Bristle Builders, Gear Builders, Playstix and Crystal Climbers will allow the students to create, explore and build structures. The students will sometimes work alone, in pairs or in groups but all opportunities will give them the chance to develop their oral language by sharing and speaking to others.
The possibilities are endless in which we can use these sets in class and help to expand our oral language skills as well as us our imagination. We can incorporate many academic subjects into these projects by speaking, listening, writing and problem solving about what we are making. I envision that after structures are built the students can take pictures of them so they can later write about what they made, what they used and other students can ask questions about it. My goal is to give my students concrete materials in which they can not only learn from, but have fun while learning.
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