Kindergarten STEM Activity for Virtual Learning
Now that you hopefully have systems and procedures in your classrooms set into place, let’s dive right into content!
If you’re following NGSS you’ll most likely start the year off with forces and interactions or engineering design. In this post you’ll find STEM activities that incorporate either or.
First up is a kindergarten STEM activity for push and pull. This is an NGSS aligned resource that is 100% made for virtual learning. I love this STEM resource, because it’s the full package from a choice board to STEM projects.
Get your students excited about learning with this completely interactive and hands-on STEM resource.
Another thing I like about this STEM activity for kindergarten is the added audio for the directions. i made sure to include that for our early readers.
Students will begin the unit by learning about definitions and using a virtual choice board to decide how they would like to learn next. And as learning theorist Yen Verhoeven Ph.D states it is so important to give students choices and ownership over their learning online.
And I couldn’t resist adding some STEM challenges in there! I love these because along with audio I included video examples for both you and your students.
NGSS Engineering Design: Rube Goldberg Machine (Force & Motion)
I can’t even believe how much I love teaching this unit. A year ago I didn’t even know what a Rube Goldberg Machine (check out the link for more information) was. And now, it’s not only one of my favorite way to teach the engineering design process, I just released a fully scripted unit on it.
Yesterday I was scrolling through Facebook and my memories popped up. One year ago exactly (and I mean exactly)was the first time I taught how to create a Rube Goldberg Machine in my STEM center. Cut to, one year later, here I am teaching it virtually and head over heels with how it comes together.
Combine NGSS engineering design, motion/stability and forces and interactions standards into one unit by teaching Rube Goldberg Machines! In this unit students will create their own Rube Goldberg Machine after learning about chain reactions, simple machines, forces and interactions and motion and stability. This resource is jam packed with content. You will find:
I had a blast creating this resource, because it has a been a huge source of joy in my classroom! I hope you enjoy it as well.
This STEM challenge require students to create a dog house that kept a dog cool. After discussing what materials could insulate and reflect light the students began building. We tested them by placing one small cup of ice inside the house and another small cup of ice outside the house. If they were built correctly the cup outside melted faster.
I even had a student add a motorized fan in their dog house! The plus side of working at home. The fan was in the large teepee doghouse you can see below.
You can find this lesson at my Tpt Store
How am I Doing?
As always I would love your feedback and to hear how things are going in your classrooms!