The 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
- Next Generation Science-Engineering Standards http://www.nextgenscience.org/search-standards-dci
- Common Core Math Standards http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/
- National Standards for Teaching & Learning with Technology http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students
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—
- Recording observations/data
- Comparing & analyzing
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 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
- What strengths and competencies did I see?
- What did the children enjoy the most?
- How engaged were the children (time-spent, enthusiasm, self-motivation)?
- How well did the children meet the standards?
- What skill improvement did I see?
Part 1: The Activity
- How did the environment and materials work? What changes could I make?
- How well did the activity incorporate the standards and objectives I chose?
- How did my actions affect the children’s work?
- How could I expand the children’s learning?
Part 2: The Teaching
- I felt competent when…
- I felt frustrated when…
- I felt exhilarated when…
- I discovered…