Friday, November 13, 2015

Adaptations and Environments

When I first heard, they were changing the Science Standards, I was like 'OH NO!' The first thing I did was look at what the Common Core Standards were going to be for my grade! I wasn't thrilled to say the least because of one word: ENGINEERING! I'm not an engineer! I don't know how to do that! Then STEM started to become huge! My state sent out an email shortly after offering a STEM endorsement. Well I just finished my Master's Degree so I'm thinking I wasn't going to participate. BUT then they offered to pay for the endorsement and that caught my attention.

I've been learning a lot in my classes and I've been trying to take what I learn and implement STEM into what I'm already doing. So in my class, I'm explaining that I'm trying to do that in randomly I ended up making up a new word: STEMIFY! What does that mean? It means to take what you are already teaching and add a TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, or MATH component to the SCIENCE lessons you are already teaching. So the first unit that I teach in 4th grade is always on the Brain. Yeah I didn't get that STEMIFIED in time for the first of the school year! BUT I did manage to get my second unit Adaptations and Environments all ready to go. I created five awesome lessons starting with the vocabulary and moving on to other lessons. All STEM but not hard to teach or implement. I taught them and found that I probably spent too much time on them but next year I have a better idea of how I'll do things. Students loved the lessons though and were really excited to be ENGINEERS. So check out my TPT store and see the lessons for yourself. Its a no prep, easy unit done for you! Who wouldn't want that?!

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