My third grade students learn in a Title I school near a military base. Many of our students have experienced some type of family transition (single parent home, blended family, divorce/separation, low income, etc). The majority of my school receives a free or reduced-price lunch. The students at my school are all hard workers. They come to school every day, ready to learn.
My third grade students are a very active bunch and are capable of doing amazing things this year.
My students set goals for themselves and they achieve them. They are smart, kind, and caring. They work hard as individuals and come together as a team.
My students are eager to learn and love whole group activities that allow them to listen to stories, cooperate with peers and attend to technology lessons. Our community has a high population of military families. We have a supportive community and administration, however, there are fewer funds for classroom resources.
STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and inspires innovators. Our class is requesting Lego WeDo 2.0 kits. These kits will allow my students the opportunity to learn important science skills while encouraging collaboration, problem solving and programming. The Lego WeDo 2.0 kits will support an inquiry-based approach to teaching science.
There are many STEM lessons specifically aligned to our third grade standards.
For example, one lesson allows students to create and program a pull and push robot to demonstrate understanding of balanced and unbalanced forces. Another lesson has students create a flower, representing specific plant parts. Students will use the WeDo 2.0 to design and program a way to demonstrate how pollinators affect the survival of flowers. We also are requesting replacement packs and a few other legos supplies, because sometimes legos disappear.
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