One of my favorite holidays is St. Patrick’s Day. I think it’s because I love Ireland and I love the color green. It’s also a great holiday in the middle of a span with not much going on, especially when Easter falls in April, like it will for the next few years.
I’d like to show you my new St. Patrick’s Day STEM unit. There are four activities: 2 activities for St. Patrick’s Day, 1 for National Quilting Day and 1 for Johnny Appleseed Day.
Here’s one activity that is sure to amuse your students. They must build a trap for a Leprechaun. You know how sneaky those Leprechauns can be, so they need to think about how to lure them and trick them.
Have you ever heard of National Quilting Day? It falls in March (the third Saturday to be exact) and it’s a great time to use a little duct tape to create their own quilted item. I think it’s a great time to explain what patchwork and quilting is since a lot of students aren’t exposed to these types of crafts.
I hope you all are having a great school year. If you’d like more information on my March STEM unit, click here.
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Our son was given an interesting assignment in his chemistry class this week. The teacher asked the students in his class to come up with an interesting scientific question. Our son, who took a course on DNA at Duke Tip, has become interested in DNA and genetics, so he chose to explore whether or not using DNA as a means of storing information is a viable option, or if it will become a viable option as costs for such technology come down in the future.
The interesting part of this chemistry assignment was that the teacher tasked the students with creating an infographic, an interesting way of representing information or data in a visual manner. Infographics are engaging and, when done correctly, are much easier and more fun to read and understand than would be a block of text containing the same information.
So our son created his infographic how he chose, placing what he felt was the most pertinent information in an interesting visual manner. While he created it on the computer, he colored it in himself, which I thought was a nice touch. Here is his completed infographic:
I was quite impressed by this assignment, not only because infographics are interesting and very relevant to the way people present important information on the Internet today, but also because by having students create their own infographics, our son’s chemistry teacher was teaching them a new way to organize and display information and data. This is a useful skill, as many jobs require presentation and communication skills, and skills with software tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Visio, and Publisher. I think that learning the skill of presenting information in a way other than in standard essay format is very useful.
No matter who you are voting for this election, it’s important to introduce your students to the election process. Why not add a little STEM to the activity? Maybe when they are old enough to vote, they will look back on your teaching and this activity and remember what they learned years back.
Students can create their own election booths or you can create one for the class to use. Will they vote for Hillary Clinton?
Or, will they vote for Donald Trump?
Students can make their own election set and take it home to poll their family.
It’s a fun activity for everyone and it’s a great idea to not only add STEM to an activity, but allow students to understand the election process.
You can find this activity here: November STEM Challenges
You can find the growing bundle with three free activities here: STEM Bundle
Do you like spiral reviews for your students? These Halloween No Prep Math Printables give you a great spiral review with a fun, not so spooky Halloween theme!
I have these Halloween Printables for kindergarten through 6th grade so you can chose the level that is right for your students or homeschooled children. Whether your students are learning their number or dividing fractions, you can find the set that is right for you and your students. And to make your life easier, answer keys are included!
Here are some feedback I’ve received about these Halloween Printables:
“This packet was fun during the week of Halloween. They felt challenged.”
“Loved the theme as well as the great standards practice.”
“Great way to keep my kids thinking on an energy charged holiday.”
If you’d like to see my Halloween printables, click here: Halloween No Prep Printables.
Sometimes it’s great to get a little picture into your students’ mind and see how they are doing on various aspects of a certain subject. My Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables give you that picture while allowing students to enjoy Halloween at the same time. These printables come in black and white and color, so there are options for you. You can use the colored versions for centers. You can use the black and white versions for homework, bell work or for sub folders.
Students can color the black and white graphics if they want to add a little pizazz to their work. Also, answer sheets are included so your students can grade their own work if you are running out of time. This is also handy for subs in case they aren’t use to teaching this particular subject.
These are availabe in kindergarten through 5th grade all aligned with the common core.
For more information on my Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables click here: Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables.
Binary code is a coding system using the two digits 0 and 1 to represent a letter, number, or other character within an electronic device like a computer, ipad, etc. My niece and daughter didn’t have much experience with the binary code before they started my STEM activity. They had so much fun learning about it and making their glow-in-the-dark necklaces.
They had so much fun making these special necklaces that they decided to make some extra ones for their best friends.
You can have your students make these on string, or for ease, you can use pipe cleaners. It’s so much easier for little hands to put the beads on pipe cleaners. Here’s the finished product.
Have a great Halloween and make sure you check out my Binary Glow-in-the-Dark Necklace in my October STEM packet.
I love STEM projects, but I love Halloween STEM projects even more and so does my nephew. He had so much fun making his Halloween Bat Plane. He loved the design and building phase even more than the actual testing and implementation phases.
He took a bit of extra time to get his Halloween bat plane just so. To make sure it would fly the highest height possible. He changed the ring sizes and shapes to see what would be best. It’s great to see children’s brains really work when they are given STEM challenges. They come up with solutions that I would never think of.
Then, he started testing his Halloween bat plane. He did make some adjustments. He moved the rings closer together to achieve more speed in his plane. All and all it was a very successful STEM project
If you’d like to see more of STEM activities, click here: Halloween STEM Challenges
My daughter used to love to write. But, something happened along the way and now she’s not loving writing so much lately. I came up with a quick little page to help her not only write, but express her opinions about Halloween. It’s quick and easy and useful for days when you don’t have much time, but you want to get your students writing.
My Halloween Fun Frames are great for a wide range of students and ability levels. They can write as little or as much as they’d like or as you’d like them to write.
For more information about my Halloween Fun Frames, click here: Halloween Fun Frames