Put your hands together to celebrate the hand – these incredible machines that enable us to do a multitude of things. Teachers can use these activities across the curriculum to educate young children about this useful body part.
Music’s effect on learning has long been recognized as research has reinforced the relationship between music and cognitive development. Because music affects both the left and right brain, it involves the whole child. Why not incorporate STEAM learning as you make DIY instruments in the classroom?
Celebrate the spirit of America and honor the “stars and stripes.” Make it a red, white, and blue day as you pay tribute to our country with simple patriotic crafts. Here are a few ideas that can be used to celebrate Flag Day (June), Independence Day (July), and patriotism in general.
We are learning all the time – go with this thought! Here are a few tips to keep your kids learning this summer. Teachers – feel free to include these ideas in a letter drafted to your parents. Send this home before classes end this school year.
It’s the merry month of May and full of marvelous activities to celebrate. Here are a few activities to get your students into the spring spirit and introduce them to a few events that take place this month.
Has spring fever attacked your classroom? Are the kids getting restless as the end of school is near? Why not use a baseball theme to challenge your students to read – a wonderful way to wind up the year!
On May 16 each year, we celebrate the anniversary of Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell in 1763. This is the perfect time to introduce biographies to your class through books and engaging your students in a biographer/biographee relationship project.
At an International Day at a STEM charter school, each class focused on a single country with information, artifacts and food. What impressed me were the “make and take” crafts involving STEAM skills in relation to a craft that symbolized the country. Here are a few ideas from this amazing event.
Writing in journals provides an excellent hands-on learning tool that instills confidence in your students’ ability to express themselves while promoting a lifelong interest in creative writing. Make use of journals across the curriculum as you implement these ideas and activities.
Young children have varied learning styles and boundless energy. They need an effective preschool class, which is exciting and challenges active learning from the time they enter the classroom each day. STEM programs can be the ideal solution.
When crafting with STEAM, students use recycled and simple materials to solve a problem and proceed in open-ended exploration. The STEAM approach allows for a variety of answers and conclusions – they are not always successful, but the process is important to understanding.
Kids love holidays, but some months like September do not have any major ones. So, it’s time to think about unofficial holidays and celebrations to entertain your students and create crafts to go along with the date. Here are a few unofficial celebrations to consider in your classroom.
Celebrate the spirit of America with red, white and blue projects. Invite your young patriotic students to make crafts that can be used during any of America’s celebrations, such as Flag Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Whether you are celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day or just the four seasons, trees can be the center of attention for a theme unit. Trees play a vital role on this earth, as they all serve an important purpose. Here are three fun crafts about trees for your class to make.
As the spring and summer months come knocking at your classroom door, get buzzing with some fun bee crafts. Discuss prior knowledge on bees and add in a few new stories to stimulate interest in these insects before beginning extension activities.
Easter is a wonderful holiday to celebrate spring. Symbols of this occasion help young children show their creative side. Bunnies, chicks and eggs always make Easter a fun and memorable time for your students. Here are three crafts that will engage your little learners in some holiday fun.
Backwards Day is a fun and unique theme to be celebrated in the classroom. You can use any day of the year to engage in these activities. Some teachers choose National Backwards Day, a non-traditional holiday on January 31, and others choose April 15, because of Leonardo de Vinci (see below).