CLOUD MAGIC Multidisciplinary STEAM Experience Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to provide a shared sensory experience on which to build deep learning in the Sciences and the Arts. [Note: I presented this activity at the 2013 National Convention of the NAEYC.] Suitability: This activity is adaptable to many levels. It works well with preschoolers through… Continue reading Clouds: A Sensory Observation
A Child Meets Crickets: A One-on-One STEAM Experience Objective: Child will use her senses to learn more about crickets WOW A container of 10 crickets purchased from the pet store. I put them in the middle of a large under-bed tray [about 2 ft by 3 ft by 8 in. high]. CHILD OBSERVATION: At first Maria observed… Continue reading An Observation of Crickets
Observable & Measurable WOWs (Wonderful Objects of Wonder)* to use as inspiration for STEAM Activities The following list is only a few of the millions of things you can share with children to inspire scientific observation and questions, alert the senses, and nurture creativity. Remember to provide simple age appropriate observation and measuring tools. FOR… Continue reading Wonderful Objects of Wonder WOW!
Since so many teachers are fearful of math, I am going to start out by exploding some of the more common myths that prevent us from thinking mathematically and actually ENJOYING teaching it! Myth 1: Math is about getting the one right answer. No matter what you experienced in math class this is not correct.… Continue reading Math Myths
A is for Arts Since 2007 there has been an refocused awareness on the teaching of the STEM subjects - the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics - using hands-on, real life problems. However, this should not be done by eliminating the arts. They are an integral part of the sciences. Think of the importance of aesthetics and… Continue reading Why The “A” in STEAM?
In this observation lab students are introduced to basic measuring tools: metric ruler, metric tape measure, balance scale and gram weights. The example lesson is drawn from a second grade class who have been presented with fresh beets to observe. However, this lesson can be done at any grade level using any type of engaging object… Continue reading Measurement Lab: Observing Beets