Maker Space classrooms are popping up in forward thinking schools around the world. A Maker Space is a designated area of the classroom or common space that is reserved for creative exploration, engineering, building, investigation, prototyping, and inventing. In a Maker Space, students have opportunities to assemble, construct, test, and explore using outside the box thinking. This resource is a 68 slide powerpoint presentation that contains a complete set of resources to get started with a 'Maker Space' approach in any elementary schools. This resource will is certainly the best way to roll out the 'maker movement' for elementary aged students!
The Kit Contains:
-A MakerSpace Overview: Rules, Concept, Classroom Schedule Organization tips etc.
-Photographs of developed a Maker Space
-Poster for the Maker Space classroom door
-Sketch-a-plan posters (Students must sketch their ideas before making)
-Design cycle posters (Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve, Share)
-Tub Label Templates (editable)
-Cubby Label Templates (editable)
-Learning Strand Tracking Cards
-Parent Letter for Collecting Recycled Materials from Home
-A complete inventory resource list of materials to get started
-The first lesson - written for a kG-4th grade (with a few tweaks, this could suit older students) Introduces Maker Spaces for students and the rules for the classroom
- Seven '21st century skills' posters. This gets student focused on the 'process' of design thinking.
The kit is designed for KG-3rd grade range, but it can easily be used with 4th and 5th graders as the focus is on the design process and not finished products.
This Maker Space resource is NOT a list of centers or 'activities in a bucket' - You are provided with the guidelines, rules, set up etc. that will allow students to find their own discoveries. "If you build it, they will not want to leave" - Kids will love these moments, and you will be the envy of your colleagues.
These resources are actively designed using natural colors that are associated with the environment. The idea being that students should be placed into as natural as environment as possible. Some 'Maker Space' resources on TpT offer 'task cards.' This approach moves away from the principle of 'Maker Spaces' in that students are told what to design but not given the opportunity to decide for themselves how to use their design and creativity skills. This unit does provide 'idea cards' giving students 'suggestions' of ways to get started, but the whole principle is a student centered approach that gives the child absolute design freedom.
A Maker Space approach can be used during whole class STEM challenges, incorporated as a STEM Center, or accessed during unstructured creative time. This 'Maker Space' resource is not the first product in TpT that brings this revolutionary style of learning to the classroom, but I guarantee that in time, it will prove to be the BEST!
Dozens of hours of prep. has gone into this resource. Please buy multiple licenses if you intend to share this with your colleagues. When they see this in action, they will want to get involved!
Maker Spaces is the 2nd level of the 'student centered learning.' I offer in my store.
My other products for this age range in this genre include:
21st Century Innovations Stations - This resource provides a more scaffolded approach to 'student centered learning' Innovation Stations Tutorial
Personal Inquiry Unit - Student have complete autonomy on how to spend their time and what to build, make, create, innovate etc.
Passion Project Unit kG-3rd Grade here:
Passion Project Personal Inquiry Time
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