This will be the last STEM “lesson” for the school year. For this final activity I have created a virtual STEM room for students to visit. Please click on the "Virtual STEM Room" button below and take some time to check it all out. I miss all of your sweet faces, infectious laughter, and amazing personalities. Stay well and I hope to see you all soon.
This week's Flipgrid STEM challenge is all about Star Wars in honor of May the 4th and Revenge of the 5th! Check it out at https://flipgrid.com/ksestemathome or on the app with flip code: ksestemathome.
I have been so impressed with the responses to the Flipgrid challenges. I decided to make one grid on which students can access each of the topics I am making available each week. That way your student can go back and do previous challenges if he/she wants to. All the challenges can be accessed at https://flipgrid.com/ksestemathome or on the app using the grid code: ksestemathome. From there your student will see this week’s topic about science and music, or he/she can select a previous topic. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Earth Day is this week! In fact, this year marks the the 50th anniversary of the holiday. Every year we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. I have a new Flipgrid topic posted this week for you about Earth Day. Click the link below to take you to Flipgrid. Once there you can watch a short video to introduce the challenge, and when you are ready, you can click on the big green PLUS sign to add your own video. www.flipgrid.com/2020earthday You can also use the Flipgrid app. The grid code is: 2020earthday.
Here is a fun challenge for this week to find a way to use all the paper towel and toilet paper rolls you have filling up your recycling bins! Click the link below to take you to Flipgrid. Once there you can watch a little video I created to introduce the challenge, and then when you are ready, you can click on the big green PLUS sign to add your video. You can also use the Flipgrid app. The grid code is: rollchallenge
There is a very cool AR/VR tool out there called a Merge cube. Due to the recent switch to digital learning, the people at Merge have created a site where you can download a printable Merge cube to try out a few of their apps. Print out and assemble a cube, check out the info on their Wakelet to learn how to use it, and have some fun!
*Please note that it states that an account is not required, but if you do sign up for one there will be access to a few more features in Object viewer.
Please continue to use any of the resources from last week or from the home screen of this page. If you are looking for something a little more concise, I love these one page "newspapers" from Daily STEM. Here is the most recent edition. If you want to read others you can visit the archives.
Here are some resources to engage and enrich your students' learning while at home. Click on the link below to open the accompanying document.
Here are some additional ideas directly related to 4th grade science standards. *Credit to Colleen Cauffiel for the ideas below.
Lesson idea:Students can design, program, and simulate electronic circuits
Tool: Science Kids
Lesson idea: Students can learn about electric circuits through this interactive electricity investigation.
Tool: Science Kids
Lesson idea: Students can learn about conductors and power sources through this interactive electricity investigation.
Tool: Science Kids
Lesson idea: Students can be detectives and solve a magnetic mystery
The first few weeks the students spent completing some activities that required them to concentrate on using the 4Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Then they also worked on understanding how to create videos using stop motion animation and learned coding basics with Ozobots.
The fifth graders are beginning their unit on electricity. To introduce circuits in an engaging way, the students first had to create a circuit, and then they were given play dough to make a sculpture that incorporated the light from the circuit. There was a lot of great creativity!