A Basic STEAM Experience Plan

agendaThe following planning form can be used to organize a STEAM activity after using the Blank Multi-Sensory STEAM Planner and The STEAM Inquiry Wheel to brainstorm possible activities.

A STEAM Learning Experience:_________________

 PART 1: Basic Information:

  • Age/Grade of children
  • Group size


PART 2 STEM Standards Pick at least one to be the main focus of the activity


 PART 3 Infusing the Arts (How will the arts be incorporated?)

See – National Core Arts Standards http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/


 PART 4 Developmentally Appropriate Objectives

[Use a 2 sentence format-

Name the skill first i.e. Children will practice….

Then describe what you would specifically see or hear if the children use that skill in the activity. This will serve as a form of authentic assessment i.e. I will see/hear this happening when….]

  •  Social Skill(s)(Interpersonal)
  •  Physical Skills(s) (Bodily-Kinesthetic)
  •  Language Skill(s) (Linguistic)
  •  Intellectual Skill(s) (Logical-Mathematical)
  •  Creative Problem Solving Skill(s)
  •  Emotional Control Skill(s) (Intrapersonal)


PART 5: Preparations for Activity

  •  How will you get this environment ready to make the activity hands-on, safe, pleasurable, and memorable?
  •  Where will you be during the activity?
  •  Where will the children be in relation to you?


PART 6: Assessment Method

  • Which specific assessment method will you use?
  •  Explain why this is the best one for this activity. (Refer back to your standards and objectives)


PART 7: Transition In

What WONDERFUL OBJECT OF WONDER [WOW] will I use to attract the children’s attention and focus their observation?

My exciting, motivating, opening question I will use to introduce the activity:


PART 8: The STEAM Inquiry Wheel

Describe step by step and in detail what will children will do in this activity. Don’t forget to infuse math, engineering, technology, & the arts—

  •  Observing
  •  Questioning
  •  Predicting
  •  Testing
  •  Recording observations/data
  •  Comparing & analyzing
  •  Concluding
  •  Sharing
  •  Extending


PART 9: STEAM Vocabulary Development

Two important words I will use, repeat, have the children say, and display in writing to develop the children’s STEAM vocabulary.

Word 1__________

Word 2 _________

Where will the words be displayed?


PART 10: Questions

Three open-ended, intellectually-challenging STEAM questions I will ask before/during/after the activity to expand children’s thinking.

  • Question 1
  • Question 2
  • Question 3


PART 11: Concluding

Activity Closure: What will I say at the end of the activity to extend the learning.

Family Connection: How will I let families know what their children have learned and be able to build on that learning?


PART 12: Reflection


  1. What strengths and competencies did I see?
  2. What did the children enjoy the most?
  3. How engaged were the children (time-spent, enthusiasm, self-motivation)?
  4. How well did the children meet the standards?
  5. What skill improvement did I see?


Part 1: The Activity

  1. How did the environment and materials work? What changes could I make?
  2. How well did the activity incorporate the standards and objectives I chose?
  3. How did my actions affect the children’s work?
  4. How could I expand the children’s learning?

 Part 2: The Teaching

  1. I felt competent when…
  2. I felt frustrated when…
  3. I felt exhilarated when…
  4. I discovered…

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