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Getting girls involved in Science | Posted in Elementary Science

I personally love the suggestions so far, hands on activities, making lessons relative to their lives,etc. I also think that girls need female role models in science. If as teacher we highlight female scientists along with male scientists equally, girls will see that science isn't only for boys. We have done this effectively with math, it is time to encourage girls to think about science as a career. All students need motivation, if we could inspire through creativity of hands on interesting assignments, activities that encourage exploration, solid scientific role models of all races and both genders,we could maybe tear down some of the barriers that make learning science difficult for girls.

Dove Hynek

Kindergarten activities | Posted in Early Childhood

From the semester I spent with kindergarten students, I have found that they are very hands-on. I would suggest maybe exploring the environment around them and relating it to the sorts of science they will be learning about. For instance, taking them on a walk around the building and talking about living vs. nonliving things they see, weather, etc. The more they can dive into it, the more I would think they would a foundational interest in science.

Ellen Watters

STEM and Fairy Tales | Posted in STEM

I think that is a great way to integrate reading into STEM. Last year, my 2nd graders were learning about the five regions of Georgia. So I used a lesson plan from the Busy Librarian regarding the Fourth Little Pig. The problem was the students had to determine the best region for the 4th little pig (cousin to the Three Little Pigs). Students had to explain why they chose the region for their pig and build a house of various classroom materials (tissue paper, construction paper, clay, tape, foil, popsicle sticks, straws, etc.). The materials were priced and they could not go over their budget. One part of the room was set up with the materials called STEM Depot. The only constraint on the STEM activity was that they had to stay within their $20 budget. Afterwards, students built their houses as a group. The writing piece came in when they advertised their house via Power Point or some other multimedia. Then the Big Bad Wolf attempted to blow their house down (blow dryer). The kids loved this activity!

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