STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. (This acronym can also be spelled “STEAM” in which the “A” stands for art.)
This packet is full of fun, hands-on, innovative STEM activities that your preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students are sure to love.
As educators we are tasked with preparing the next generation for jobs that may not even be created yet. Students need to be able to work collaboratively with their peers and be able to problem solve. STEM offers students the opportunity to work on these skills.
STEM provides students with open-ended activities where they can go through the process of defining a problem, brainstorming a possible solution, planning, creating, and improving on their plan. This process helps prepare our students for their futures in fun and innovative ways.
How Does This Packet Work?
This packet is part one of a ten part series. Each unit is designed to span over the course of an entire month. Therefore, students can revisit the activities and improve upon their thoughts/plan. (You can also choose to use the lessons as stand alone activities.)
As this is the first unit, it is geared to help students understand the process of a STEM activity and to help students learn to work collaboratively.
Throughout a series of simple science experiments students will explore color and scientific inquiry.
1. Using test tubes, eye droppers, and water dyed with primary colors, students will answer the essential question: “What colors can you create using these materials?”
2. Students will create and record different shades of color while completing their science experiments. This will teach students that scientists document the results of their experiments.
3. Presented with cabbage liquid, a solution of water and baking soda, and lemon juice, students will hypothesize what colors they can turn the cabbage liquid. Students will plan, execute, and record their findings.
In this packet you will find posters, activities, recording pages, and extensions to use during an entire month. These activities are perfect for fun Friday experiments, STEM labs, and science extensions. I have included the science behind the experiments as well as ways to modify the lessons.
Please look at the preview to get a better understanding of how this pack is set up and what is included. Your students will LOVE these lessons and activities.