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Have you been required by your administrators to begin Makerspace projects or wondered how to begin setting up a Makerspace Center in your classroom? This resource is jam-packed with helpful tips, tricks, printables, decor, and more; all are related to beginning a Makerspace Area in your classroom! Don't worry about having a large space to work with...You can have a Makerspace Center along with your other literacy, math, and/or science centers and still be effective. I've included all you'll need to begin with this up and coming area of science for the classroom and some extras on top of that!
The following is included in this Makerspace for Beginners resource:
So Just What is a Makerspace? Here I try to simplify the makerspace concept, by providing visuals, checklists, and charts to give you a sound background in what makerspace is and isn't.
Makerspace Areas: I tell you what works and give photo examples of storage solutions to supplies you'll use while having a makerspace area.
Setting the Stage and Rules: There is an attractive and modern, Makerspace Area decor banner included. I've also included a set of rule posters you can use in your new area of the classroom and use for discussion.
Supplies: This section includes three letters to use for supply donations for your area. I've also included labels for 28 different supplies that you can laminate and attach to your supply bins!
Makerspace Big Book: Project this exciting big book to explain and explore all about Makerspace with your students. Your students will be pumped and ready to start their own projects after reading and discussing their new science area!
Makerspace Student and Family Reader: This mini-book breaks down the makerspace experience even more for students and their families. This booklet is perfect to pass out at teacher conferences, open house, etc..
Literature Connection Challenge: Based on the book, If I Built a House, by Chris Van Dusen, students will design their own dream bedroom. This is a great first makerspace challenge that students do on their own. Resource sheets are provided.
Literature Connection Challenge: Based on the book, If I Built a Car, by Chris Van Dusen, students will design their own vehicle. This challenge is done in a small team of 2 to 3 students. Resource sheets are provided.
Makerspace Center and Task Cards: This is a center you can use to start makerspace in your classroom. There are idea challenge posters and materials used poster. I've also included almost 100!!! task cards for beginning makerspace students to try their hands at building. They are real photos to give the students real-life examples, along with a word label. The categories include buildings, animals, musical instruments, and more! Simply choose the task card challenge you'd like students to build/design/create and attach it to the main poster using tape or Velcro.
Makerspace Journal: To keep students accountable, I've included an optional challenge journal you can have students keep when doing challenges. The journal is easily able to be differentiated, along with most in this resource.
As previously mentioned, I've included everything you'll need to get your Makerspace Area up and running in your classroom this year. You won't be disappointed with all that is included in this resource!