STEM

Implementing STEM in my classroom

Good evening, I am studying to be an elementary school teacher and am currently working with kindergartners. I would like to know how I could implement STEM in a classroom for Kindergarten. Anything helps, thank you!

Leslie Pompa
Leslie Pompa
425 Activity Points

Hi Leslie!
I think it could be a lot of fun to implement STEM in your future Kindergarten classroom. Research states that implementing STEM at a young age can really help your students in the long run! I think providing your students with hands on activities that are developmentally appropriate would be the best way to implement STEM in your classroom. I found a link with a lot of great ideas for your Kindergartners! Kindergarten STEM Hope you find the activities useful!

Ana Gonzalez
Ana Gonzalez
745 Activity Points

Good evening to you too, I am also studying to be an elementary school teacher. One way that you could implement STEM in a classroom for Kindergarten is by using short, challenging, group problem solving and brain push-up activity. Such as the Row, Row, Row, the Foil Boat. The title itself is engaging and it is really simple. All you would need is a few simple supplies as: foil paper 5x6 inches, pennies, and a plastic container with water. You have the classroom create their own boat and have the boat float on water and then lastly have them add the pennies one by one and see how many pennies it would take to sink the boat. It is easy and fun all at the same time. Plus you implement the nursery rhyme which possibly they may have prior knowledge of hearing it.

Maria Salazar
Maria Salazar
255 Activity Points

Hello Leslie, I do highly believly that schools should implement STEM at an early age, because this not only challenges the student, but also gets them thinking. One way that I would start off with an activity that is both math and science.

Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia
325 Activity Points

Leslie, you can find a lot of STEM resources here: http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=311

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
86174 Activity Points

Hi Leslie, I am also studying to be an Elementary School teacher! I think that with Kindergarten the two major aspects of STEM that can be easily implemented would be both technology, and engineering. Engineering can be incorporated into many activities at that level due to their natural desire to build and create things. Having them think about how things work, and why we use certain things to do specific tasks can spark their interest. You can have them think of something they'd like to invent, and talk about how everything around them was once just an idea in someones head. This will encourage them to think of items that they want to create, and get them thinking like little engineers. You could simply ask them to invent something and make them draw a picture of it, and just like that you'll have a classroom full of blueprints! Technology in today's society is naturally incorporated in everything. The majority of your students will have grown up using their parents iPhones and iPads. Technology comes more naturally to this generation of learners. Teachers should utilize all the technology available to them in the classroom. Ive seen many teachers have a promethean board in their room, and choose to draw on the white board on either side of it while refusing to turn it on. The best way to incorporate technology into a Kindergarten curriculum is to ensure you as the teacher utilize technology whenever you can. Never be one of those teachers who doesn't grow with their students! If technology changes, you owe it to your students to change with it.

Glory Scollon
Glory Scollon
3120 Activity Points

Hi Leslie, STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be implemented in many ways in your classroom. I am studying to be an elementary teacher as well, and in the classroom I observed last semester, which was first grade, the cooperating teacher used STEM bins. These bins consisted of different building materials such as popsicle sticks with velcro on either end of the sticks. The teacher would allow each pair at a table work together to build a certain architectural subject i.e. bridges, homes, etc. The students had complete freedom in how they would build it, and they absolutely loved their STEM bins! I hope this helps!! Megan

Megan Bradburn
Megan Bradburn
500 Activity Points

STEM is a major topic in the field of education. Implementing science, technology, engineering and mathematics together, in an interdisciplinary fashion, is a revolutionary concept. I think it's great that you are attempting to implement this at such an early age. Research has shown that it is extremely beneficial for students, in the long run, to learn these topics together, and that the early it is implemented, the better. You could implement stem through the use of various activities, where students might build structures which could cover all areas of STEM. A fun experiment could be the artificial lung experiment, where students use a water bottle, playdough, a balloon and a straw to recreate the concept of a functioning lung.

Ryan Crim
Ryan Crim
360 Activity Points

Hi Leslie! I am currently student teaching in a second grade classroom. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. How I would implement STEM in my future classroom/lesson plan is by having the students create vlogs with the technology devices to document what the have learned from the lessons given. Having STEM helps students build motor skills and they will able to draw their own conclusions based off of the lessons are taught. I don’t see STEM at all in my classroom, but wish I did because the students would be able to connect to the real world problems on their own instead of sugar coding the reality with the resources given to them.

Carolina Olvera
Carolina Olvera
355 Activity Points

Hello Leslie, A way you can incorporate STEM into the classroom is by at least having the students do an activity one a month. This activity should relate to topics and concepts taught during that month. STEM incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math subjects. You can find great STEM activities on TeacherPayTeachers. Two activities I recommend are Dr. Seuss' Stack the Cat's Hat or the Backpack Jack Adventures. These activity are great, meet the STEM standards, and not to easy nor to hard for kindergartners.

Gisselle Medal
Gisselle Medal
3165 Activity Points

Hello Leslie, I am also studying to be an elementary teacher. I am currently working with first graders. The most effective way I have incorporated STEM with my students is by providing them with hands-on activities. I have been incorporating science and math by providing the students with scientific investigations. The most recent thing my students have done is investigate plants. Each student/group of students receives a plant and uses that plant for the duration of the lesson to investigate and explore it. I often ask them questions to get them thinking and questioning their investigations. The students really enjoy this and stay engaged and attentive the entire time!

Megan Bryant
Megan Bryant
230 Activity Points

Hello Leslie! I'm also currently working with kindergarteners for my student teaching. I think that one easy way to implement STEM in a classroom would be to start off small by using the kind of language you would hear in a science classroom. Using vocabulary such as "experiment, predict, and observation" are just small ways you could implement STEM. Additionally, you could think about the kinds of lessons that you are presenting to your students. You could think about which of your lessons could be presented as a problem or a question that students can explore. By doing this, your curious, little learners can think about problem solving and research.

Krystal Kennedy
Krystal Kennedy
165 Activity Points

Leslie, I believe STEM is best implemented by allowing creativity, expression, and collaboration in the classroom. In all grades, but especially in the lower grades, I have noticed that students often learn best from each other. I would begin implementing STEM by designing activities around group work and/or students teaching each other. In math, you can have students share how they got their answers step by step so that others can see and hear their peer's thinking and strategizing. In science, a great idea is having students work on group projects to "research" about the weather, water, and other Kindergarten TEKS. At the end of the week or lesson, the groups can share their findings with the class. I hope my ideas can help you implement STEM education in your Kindergarten classroom!

Kelsey Nason
Kelsey Nason
540 Activity Points

Hi Leslie,

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, every teacher should bring implement STEM to their classes. STEM is growing everywhere, students should be prepared when they just attend school. Kindergarten is a great age to let children start STEM, this is like a foundation, after they get into it, they will feel comfortable when they get into higher grade level. I think you should give young children more creative hands on activities to attract their interest, or give them more topic that related to their life, instead of just lecture the concept. I believe our job is exploit students potentialities, not cram them. Let students feel study is an interesting thing, then they will start to learn by themselves. Hope you love my idea.

Yixiu

Yixiu Yan
Yixiu Yan
315 Activity Points

Hi Leslie! I'd like to remind you that STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I feel like when people think of STEM they focus a lot on the science part and seem to forget the rest. Technology is also a very important thing that impacts our students in every way. I am currently in a Kindergarten class and I feel like they can manage an iPad better than I can! We like to keep a variety of things for them to do on the iPad that includes science, math and reading. They have read-alongs, math review games and science apps they can use to explore. As a future teacher I am looking forward to implementing STEM into my classroom by having different workstations that focus on all different aspects of STEM. I hope if you have these resources available you use them and help your students in expanding their knowledge! Yessica

Yessica Castillo
Yessica Castillo
530 Activity Points

Hi Leslie, Currently, I am student teaching 4th grade math. I believe that STEM, which stands for science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, is extremely important to focus on in the classroom. Technology, research, medical fields, and engineering fields, just to name a few are growing at a rapid rate and in high demand. If students are taught about these subjects and how they work hand in hand, then we can help create a successful future for our students. A fantastic way to implement STEM in the classroom is to have students create and practice hands-on, engaging activities. The activities and lessons should be rich in content and provide critical thinking skills and higher level thinking. This can be done with inquiry, investigation, and exploration. You are never to young to begin exploring!

Anna Snowden
Anna Snowden
250 Activity Points

Leslie, STEM is a widely talked about topic in education right now. It's an approach to teaching and learning that centers around individual students' learning styles and interests. STEM, which stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, connects subjects and relates them to each other. One way to implement STEM into your classroom is to let your students come up with something they have to sell and have them make it. They can use fake money and be given a certain amount of time to complete the task. Have the students practice buying, selling and trading. This is a great way to integrate math and social studies together.

Nicolette Hale
Nicolette Hale
395 Activity Points

Hi Leslie, I like to think of STEM as inquiry-based learning but with science, technology, engineering or math integration. There are specific standards that must be met, but there are so many resources that one can use. I personally love to go on Pinterest, there are so many ideas that can be used in the classroom and you can use it for FREE! You can also use TeacherPayTeachers for activities ideas but you may have to pay for them. I implemented various STEAM (STEM but with Art incorporation) activities in a summer camp, the students' ages ranged from nine to eleven years old. I first started doing easier STEM activities, like making play dough, making buildings using toothpicks and marsh-mellows only, etc. Slowly, I increased the difficulty level over time. By doing this, my students learned to love STEAM activities and did not get frustrated.

Idania Caceres
Idania Caceres
2185 Activity Points

Hey Leslie, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. I think that based on the objectives, stem activities must change with the flow of the classroom. This is good because children need a lot of transitioning. Having STEM activities means that your lessons are fun, hands on, and meaningful. With the inclusion of STEM in the classroom, children have a higher possibility of retaining knowledge they learned at school because they were engaged the whole time. One way I would include STEM in my classroom is by making 3 dimensional shapes such as cubes and prisms with play dough and toothpicks! The kids will be so engaged in building these shapes that they will remember what 3 dimensional shapes look like. -Angelica. M

Angelica Munoz
Angelica Munoz
320 Activity Points

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I believe that these are important to implement in ECE because these are the core subjects that drive our future engineers, doctors, programmers, astronauts, and so on. Getting children excited and engaged in these subjects at an early age in the classroom is great, and I'm glad that a lot of future teachers like us are interested in doing so.
A fantastic way to implement STEM in the classroom is to have students create and practice hands-on, engaging activities. The activities and lessons should be rich in content and provide critical thinking skills and higher level thinking. This can be done with inquiry, investigation, and exploration.

Fatima Babar
Fatima Babar
240 Activity Points

Hi, I haven't worked with younger students, but as a younger prospective educator and having worked with middle schoolers and high schoolers, I think that a great way to begin implementing stem into the classroom would be through activities with the students. I think that students respond most when they can become invested in a lesson, so I think that having students be very hands on in the classroom will yield high interest, high comprehension, and lasting inquiry for the students. I also think using an activity that has a low barrier to entry but a high ceiling for students will allow all students to be and stay engaged. It will also allow for a range in responses that can allow for collaboration and students to learn off of each other.

Aubrianne Milton
Aubrianne Milton
10 Activity Points

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