Colleen Phalen

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By Colleen Phalen
Birds build the most amazing nests and they don't even have hands! In this STEM challenge your students try their hand at engineering a nest that is large enough and sturdy enough to hold up to 4 eggs and a sitting bird. (I use mini plastic eggs
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Spring
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
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The task is to pop a balloon- easy, right? No! This simple thing must be done in the most complicated way your students can dream up, while also working within time and space restrictions. This STEM challenge is based on the work of Rube
Subjects:
Math, Science, Problem Solving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
17 ratings
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By Colleen Phalen
Children love animals, and this STEM challenge invites them to apply what they have learned about habitats, animal characteristics, behaviors and body coverings as they invent and engineer a new animal that could live in a habitat assigned by you.
Subjects:
Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
18 ratings
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By Colleen Phalen
Who doesn't love The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss? This STEM activity challenges your students to imagine that The Cat and the Things come again, but this time they forget their cleaning machine. Oh no! What will Mom say about the huge mess? Not
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
24 ratings
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By Colleen Phalen
Can your students stack apples like the characters in Dr. Seuss's Ten Apples Up On Top? Maybe not, but can they stack apples? Definitely! This fun STEM activity challenges your students to stack as many apples as they can, but it also allows them
Subjects:
Back to School, Autumn, Engineering
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Colleen Phalen
How would you represent the important contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a 3 dimensional sculpture? This Black History Month STEM challenge asks your students to choose a famous African American, become an expert on his or her
Subjects:
Measurement, U.S. History, Black History Month
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Bibliographies
$2.00
1 rating
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By Colleen Phalen
Children love toys, they love the Earth, and they love to make new things out of recyclables. This products allows them to combine all three passions! In this challenge, your students will create a fun, new toy out of recycled materials. They
Subjects:
Environment, Problem Solving, Earth Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
5 ratings
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By Colleen Phalen
This STEM challenge combines two things children love: snowmen and animals! Students are challenged to create a freestanding "snowman" that includes food that can feed at least 3 different animals found out and about in the winter. It nicely
Subjects:
Science, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
4 ratings
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By Colleen Phalen
Who doesn't get excited about planting seeds and growing plants each spring? I always plant a variety of seeds with my first graders, but before they take their seedlings home, I read them Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Flemming. Uh oh, cute
Subjects:
Science, Spring, Engineering
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$2.00
2 ratings
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By Colleen Phalen
This STEM challenge springs from Jan Brett's The Mitten. It combines her version of the Ukrainian folk tale with a study of animal traits. Your students are tasked with coming up with other animals that would have been allowed into the mitten, and
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.00
2 ratings
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This STEM product combines 2 great things: Halloween and geometry! Students are challenged to create paper jack-o’-lanterns using plane shapes (k-1st) or a combination of plane and solid shapes (2nd & 3rd.) The requirements and the design
Subjects:
Geometry, Measurement, Halloween
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$2.50
1 rating
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By Colleen Phalen
Children have a natural love for growing and studying plants. They also enjoy creating! After a unit learning about plant parts and needs, this STEM challenge allows them to apply their new knowledge as they design a machine that can not only
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Science Centers
$2.50
4 ratings
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By Colleen Phalen
Start your students' year of science investigation with a collection of seashells in your science center. Seashells are endlessly interesting, can be observed and researched in many ways, and are inexpensive to acquire. Your students will enjoy
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Back to School
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards, Science Centers
$2.00
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Did you realize that turkeys come in many different shapes, sizes and flying abilities? What better way to have a little Thanksgiving fun than thinking about how and where different varieties might stay safe for the holiday? In this engaging
Subjects:
Science, Thanksgiving, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Cooperative Learning
$3.00
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What is your favorite part of winter? How would you create a free-standing representation to show it? This STEM challenge compliments the study of seasonal change in an early elementary classroom. It asks the students to think about how people
Subjects:
Science, Winter, Engineering
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
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By Colleen Phalen
STEM activities should link to things your students are learning about in the classroom. This one sprung out of a unit on force and motion and asks the students to apply what they have learned about vibration to the creation of a music
Subjects:
Measurement, Music, Engineering
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
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This STEM student design plan is meant to accompany my Make A Musical Instrument STEM activity also available for free in my tpt store. This plan provides the student with: - background information about instruments - details of the challenge -
Subjects:
Measurement, Music, Engineering
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught English in Japan, participated in Teach For America as a 4th grade teacher, and enjoyed 8 years teaching pre-k when my kids were little. This will be my 5th year working with first graders.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a big fan of inquiry based learning, hands-on activities, and STEM challenges.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My students routinely tell me I am the "best teacher ever" and what higher honor can I ask for?

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Poli Sci College of the Holy Cross Masters in Education Shenandoah University

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