…I moderate a discussion thread on #okSTEAM. It’s a Facebook page dedicated to the sharing of ideas and getting answers to questions on ways to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) for Oklahoma teachers. I thought I would start sharing my weekly question on my blog as well, to see if I can generate discussions and ideas through another outlet (we’ll see how this goes).
This week my question was this: What will be the first STEM/STEAM activity you plan on doing with your students to start off the year? Why is it your first choice?
I shared an activity one of my teammates found on Pinterest. It’s a twist on the usual “Get to Know You” survey form teachers tend to hand out on the first day of school. Rather than just fill out the survey and share out the responses, students put their answers on notecards and build a tower out of those notecards. Then the class can do a gallery walk to see everyone’s responses. I really liked this because the students aren’t just sitting and filling out a form. They are building something about themselves and moving around to look at what others have built as well. I know it’s more art and engineering than the other letters in STEAM, but I think for my third graders, it’s still a good start.
So what is going to be your first STEM/STEAM activity you do with your students this year?