One reason that it’s so important to encourage STEM learning early in elementary school is that the process of inquiry that is integral to STEM is the way young children naturally learn. Young children explore, ask questions, and discuss their findings.
Listed below are some of the questions I ask the kids when we are in an activity. I am often surprised with their answers, but love that they think for themselves.
- Did you notice?
- Why did that happen?
- Does that happen in life?
- Why does that happen?
- How can you use that?
Here below I created a pretend milking station. We are talking about healthy eating this week. We learned about the dairy and dairy cows. I decided to make it a hands on experience and it was nothing short of amazing. This activity kept them busy for over an hour. They would milk the cow, play and then come back to milk more.
Listen to little Nolans words!
MATH CATCHING FISH
We made our bags, then fished for fish using our number cards to see how many to fish out!
LEARNING ABOUT DAIRY
Fun Fact – Cows have four stomachs and 1 heart for some reason they though they should have four hearts as well.
CREATING A HEALTHY FOOD PLATE
LETTER A BOOKS
WORKING WITH GRAINS AND MATCHING SHAPES ACTIVITY
PRACTICING MAKING OUR OWN SANDWICHES
We have had alot of rainy day’s lately, so we took advantage and pretended we were serving at a restaurant.
GRAPHING IS ALWAYS A HIT
The kids are getting so good at these!