Our school received our official STEM certification from the State of Georgia! Woo Hoo!! Now, I want a state approved STEAM certification to shoot for! Without sounding too cheesy, STEAM has really fired me up as an art teacher and I am loving the challenge and payoff of being a STEAM art classroom....
This fun project is a hit with kids, parents, admin and especially our STEM lab teacher who loves good STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) integration! This lesson focuses on science and art. I do this project in the art classroom, but it can certainly be done in a regular classroom or science/STEM lab (just check out the supply list in the preview and you're good to go!). This project can also be completed with other grades (I do it with kindergarten because they study insects/arachnids in STEM lab). I pasted the State of Georgia standards, but obviously this project is conducive to any number of standards from other states and school systems. This project comes with a supply list, sample standards, detailed instructions, project photos, simple rubric, simple insect/arachnid info, differentiation, extra drawing idea and essential question ideas. Brought to you from the art classroom of Claire Dunaway Cyr!
**PLEASE READ! I want to give this disclaimer. This project is wildly successful and so many teachers and students have enjoyed and benefitted from this lesson. However, this was one of my original STEAM lessons when the engineering aspect was not pushed in my area as much as it is now. If you are looking for a project with a heavy engineering/building element, this might not be for you. If you can consider cutting an abstract painted paper and planning/arranging/transforming that paper into a (2-D) insect or arachnid to meet your needs for any engineering the governing powers wish to see then you're good! :) I feel that this project easily involves early engineering aspects for our younger students. I continue to do this lesson within my STEAM classroom as the kiddos just love it and creating an insect or bug reinforces that scientific knowledge beautifully!
Thank you so much and enjoy!