Before we got into our groups, we brainstormed, discussed and charted about working in our groups.
Our students are used to working in groups because they sit at tables on a daily basis. We have 46 1-2 multi-agers. We do our projects all together!
We had various materials set out on our tables before we started…some supplies were the same and some were different for each group.
We used our classroom timer to keep our students on track with each step as they worked.
As our groups worked, we walked around visiting, taking pictures and questioning our students.
Out of 11 groups, we had only 3 groups that needed some extra guidance and reminders about our Group Work: Preplanning Chart. (Not too bad…we were VERY pleased!)
We were also very excited about how creative our kiddos were with their materials. They made heating lights out of pom-poms, heating pipes out of pipe cleaners, insulation from cotton balls & felt, and SO much more!
We are a “Leader In Me” School and we use the 7 Habits in our classroom everyday!
STEM activities support many habits:
Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood…listen to each other with an open mind.
Think Win-Win…everyone can we…you are a team!
Put First Things First…work first then play. We worked hard and then enjoyed sharing our projects with our whole class in group presentations.
Be Proactive…you’re in charge. Working on STEM projects allows students to create and be in charge of their learning as they work with their group.
Begin With The End In Mind…have a Goal. Each STEM activity has an end goal that students begin with.
Sharpen The Saw…balance feels best. We can’t do STEM projects everyday but they are definitely a very important part of keeping our learning in balance.
We worked for about an hour before lunch. Then took a break and finished up after recess. We discussed our progress, positives and problems before we started back up.
After we finished creating our Hibernation Stations, we completed our blueprints and let our creations sit to dry.
We took time out throughout the next day to share our Group Presentations. This took all day with 11 tables.
As our students presented, we had them talk about the materials they used, how they made their hibernation station warm, what their challenges were, and what they did to make improvements. We gave each group a special celebration after they presented.
Then we displayed our creations on shelves in our hallway!
We hope this post inspires you to use STEM Learning in your classroom! We would love to answer any questions you may have. (The quotes on our pictures are real quotes from our 1-2 multi-agers.)
And you should definitely check out our super sweet friend, Brooke Browns’, TPT store!
Click her picture below to see the packet we used to make our Hibernation Stations.
Thanks so much for stopping by sweet friends~
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!❤️
Ahhh this makes my teacher heart SO happy! What incredible students and what AMAZING teachers you are! I absolutely loved the process you used to set your students up for success and allow them to share their results. Absolutely AMAZING!! 💗💗💗