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Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:40 PM

Hi everyone!

I am currently Student Teaching and I am wondering if there is any advice on how to implement STEM into a 4th grade classroom. Thanks! 


Ruth Mares
Ruth Mares
290 Activity Points

Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 AM

Ruth, there is so much information about STEM implementation that it can be overwhelming. I would begin by reading articles and looking at lesson plans on NSTA. Use the Explore All Resources tab at the top and type in your key words, filter by grade level and lesson plans. There is also which has classroom resources, lessons that are vetted by NSTA that align with NGSS.
Make a personal goal to do a few hands on labs each month. As you build up your confidence and repertoire, you can keep adding to what you know you are able to do in the classroom. 4th and 5th grade are my absolute favorite grades to teach because they are fascinated with STEM and can actually bring a lot to the conversation that will extend the labs with more labs by changing the variables in the experiments and STEM challenges.
Read, read, read everything you can find, watch videos online, explore the SciPacks here on NSTA, and then try STEM challenges or experiments with kids in your own family or neighborhood so you can find out the pitfalls before you do the activities in the classroom. My best advice is to prep as much ahead of time as you can AND imagine what the worst case scenario would look like so you can prevent it from happening.
Find out if you can get any local businesses to donate safety goggles or if they will pay for a class set of them.

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
83406 Activity Points

Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:47 AM

I also found a collection you might find useful.

It's called, Empowering the Beginning Science Teacher.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
83406 Activity Points

Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:50 PM

I am also student teaching in a 4th grade class. I love the information Pamela has responded to your post with. I hope that I can do many stem activities in my class so that learning is hands on and interesting to my students.

Madeline Downs
Madeline Downs
80 Activity Points

Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:30 PM

I think that Mrs. Dupre gave you some very valuable information. I think that she is right. We should do as much research as we can to incorporate STEM into our future classes. I will be definitely looking at some of the links that she listed down below. I am too a Student Teaching student.

Desiree Capuchino
Desiree Capuchino
190 Activity Points

Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:55 PM

Hello Ruth (and other new teachers interested in STEM),
I just answered the same question from another post by Lauren and I'm just going to copy and paste my answer. Hope this all helps and good luck!

I have the following advice:

- there doesn't need to be equal amounts of S, T, E and M in every activity. Some activities can even be missing a 'letter'. Just be sure to address them all in the end.
- the process is more important than the product. So, be clear what you are evaluating and how.
- set clear deadlines, milestones and requirements.
- tech is not just computers: phones, meters, sensors, etc are all tech.
- have the students build things in class. If they take it home you will likely be evaluating their parents' work.
- be judiciously quiet: it is better to have the students figure things out without interjecting your ideas.
- be flexible: allow the students to be creative and give them choices. Create a climate where students can explore with you as a support, not the guide.
- student reflection is very important in the process.
- dollar stores are your friend! (but students can often bring a lot of materials from home)
- have fun! (if you aren't, figure out why and fix it)

If you want ideas and/or lessons, I have a folder full of handouts, activities, rubrics, etc that I use in my workshops that you (and everyone else) is more than welcome to:

I have attached a file with links to sites that will give you more ideas and more activities. (my apologies for any link rot).

Hope this helps,
Gabe Kraljevic


Gabe Kraljevic
Gabe Kraljevic
1605 Activity Points

Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:07 PM

Hi Ruth,

I am a pre-service teacher and have recently completed volunteer hours at the Maryland Science Center where there are a lot of STEM based activities that can be potentially be incorporated into your classroom. I definitely recommend checking it out and there is a high chance of finding activities that may be related to what you are interested in teaching in your classroom. They try to incorporate materials that can usualy be found at home or are not too high in cost. Hope this helps. :)

Vanessa Gonzalez
Vanessa Gonzalez
745 Activity Points

Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:36 PM

Hi Vanessa!
Thanks for volunteering at a science center! This is a great way to see how science integrates with "real life" and, as you said, learn about activities that can be used in the classroom. These centers often offer workshops for teachers, too.
In the school I was with, we could get inservice hours for outside volunteer work that was related to our subject area--something to look into.
Mary B.

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
7505 Activity Points

Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:18 AM

I am a pre-service teacher currently as well and I have been wanting to do more STEM and this link is great. Thank you for sharing it.

Audrey Coffey
Audrey Coffey
405 Activity Points

Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:28 PM

Hello my name is Emily and I am currently a pre-service teacher and was curious if y'all had any advice for me implementing STEM into my elementary classroom in the future.

Emily Staska
Emily Staska
280 Activity Points

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