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    WELCOME to our STEAM Lab and MAKERSPACE!

    Your child's class will have an hour block in the STEAM Lab each week and a half hour every other week in our MakerSpace Lab.  The MakerSpace Lab also has periods that can be signed out and used by classroom teachers and is used in poor weather for recess. 

     

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    "STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experimental learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the  reactive process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st Century!" http://educationcloset.com/steam/what-is-steam 

     

    I am very excited to be the STEAteacher at the PLC. STEAhas been around for some time, however, we are one of the first districts in the United States to have a STEAlab exclusively for Kindergartners. The philosophy is hands-on activities that give the children a scientific process to solve a challenge. Working together, sometimes failing, but inevitably completing the task. My goal is to make this class fun, exciting, and to open the children's minds up to careers that utilize STEAM.

     

    In our STEAM Lab I have specific goals and lessons for the children each week.  The MakerSpace Lab is set up as an exploration zone with vatious stations to excite the children's imaginations.  Our lab has a Lego Wall, a Magnetic Wall, Make-It Take-It Zones, Building Zones, Reading Zones and Tech Zones. Our Kindergartners will get many opportunties to explore our robots.  We use BeeBots and Colby Mouse robots to introduce coding, and we have Cubelets and Dash and Dot to challenge our growing minds!  

     



    September 
    Introducing the lab to our students
    Safety in the STEAM lab
    Working together as a team
    Introduce the Engineering Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve, repeat if necessary.
    Hands on activities to find a group, build a structure, and complete a puzzle
    Students will build a tower made of blocks and have "Catpunzel" sit on the top.
    Students will make a wall of cups using small and large plastic cups.

    October
    Introduce the words "Gravity, Force and Motion."
    Students will experiment and build a ramp, show the force of gravity with rubber balls on the ramps, discuss how the slope of the ramp changes it's speed and force.
    Students will make a "Ball Run" using tissue tubes and blocks.
    Students will make a "Marble Run" using tissue tubes, tape, blocks, cups and foil.

    November
    Students will use marshmallows and toothpicks to make a structure that is 3D.
    Students will use dominoes to make a structure in "motion."
    Students will use ramp kits and dominoes to make a "Chain Reaction."
    Introduce Forces: A Force is a push or a pull, it makes something move or makes something stop.
    Students will use a dowel and rubber band launcher to launch small cars, mark the distance on the floor the cars have traveled and explore the best type of rubber band to use (thin or thick).

    December
     Introduce "Simple Machines", anything that helps you to do work easier is a simple machine. For example you can use a ramp to move heavy objects up into a house or a lever to help you pick up something heavy.
    Students will use rulers and blocks to make a simple lever, lift a weight and compare it to scales in the classroom.

    Students will use a dowel, tissue tube, string with a hook, clothespins,and two chairs to design a simple pulley to lift a cup with toys.
     
    Students will use the ARIES (Augmented Reality Interactive Educational Sandbox) to design mountains and plains for Santa and his sleigh to fly over.
     
    January
     
    Students will use a folded index card, straws, mini marshmallows and Life Savers candies to make simple cars.  Wheels and axels are a simple machine. 
    Students will watch Mystery Science interactive lesson: "How Big is the Biggest Excavator?" Students will follow the lesson to move and work like an excavator and draw the parts of an excavator

    February


    Students will talk about animals who live in the Arctic and we will make a den for an Arctic Fox.

    We will explore stations for Arctic animals:  use foam pieces on blue paper to recreate an ice flow, make a ptarmigen(bird) snow burrow and stack Arctic Hares on cups.
    Introduce "Light" by making rainbows and sorting objects that are see through, kind of see through and objects that you can't see through.  The students will use prisms to find rainbows in the classroom.
     

    March

     
    Students will continue working with LIGHT.  We will explore the colors of the rainbow and find out his name:           ROY G BIV!  We will read MOUSE PAINT by Ellen Stoll Walsh and discuss Primary Colors.  The Primary Colors are red, yellow and blue and you can blend them to make all the colors of the rainbow.  Students will use coffee filters and eyedroppers with colored water to see the blending of colors.
    Students will be challenged to build a safe structure for a small leprechaun in his pot of gold.
    Students will use flashlights to explore SHADOWS.
     
    We have moved to Remote Learning!  Check out my Welcome Page to get the lessons for the week and lots of fun activities and links!
     
    Topic we will be covering in Remote Learning:
     
    Review Building Structures:  Towers/Ramps/Walls
    Review FORCES: Gravity/Magnetism/Friction/Wind and Air/Water/Suction/Centrifugal
    Shadows, Arbor Day and Trees, Seeds/Plants/Earthworms, Butterflies/Insects, 
    Backyard Animals(Squirrels/Chipmunks/Rabbits), Turtles(Box and Sea), 
    Birds of Prey in Manahawkin: Ospreys/Perigrine Falcons/Owls, 
    Ocean Life:  Life in the Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean

     

     

     

    I am a Kindergartner

    "I am big...I know I can do it by myself...give me a chance...I believe in me...I will make mistakes but I will learn from them...I will try to help my friends when they make mistakes too...I am kind, I am smart, I am me, and that makes me special...I am a Kindergartner!!"