I'm teaching first grade this year! I'm also leading a STEM club after school for students in grades K-2. I have about 18 students. For our first week of STEM club, the kids made ramps using various boards and toy cars.
Here were some of the concepts we covered: (I got inspiration from Little Bins for Little Hands.)
My students had a blast pretending to live in a castle!
Since the beginning of the year, many of them were excited to make castles in the blocks area during their choice time. So I jumped on the theme as a way to teach some of our academic goals. I was inspired by Mrs. Meyers Kindergarten, who also did a castle unit with her kindergarteners.
Of course they needed medieval costumes, so the kids made princess hats and crowns, noticing that they were some of the 3D shapes we learned in math.
How do have kindergarteners demonstrate physics concepts? With a miniature golf course, of course!
In December 2021, my kindergarteners demonstrated their understanding of push and pull forces by making a class miniature golf course.