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STEM Engineering Challenge Projects Included in this TEN PACK: Geodesic Domes Bird Nests Straw Rockets House of Cards Marshmallow Catapults Paper Airplanes Sentence Strips Paper Bridges Cup Pyramids Egg Drop These packets contain all the
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We send these S.T.E.M. Home Challenges home with all of the students in our school building once a month. I created them with easy to find items in order to encourage the highest amount of family participation. We display each of the projects
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What teacher doesn't love fairy tales? As a STEM coordinator, I am always looking for creative ways for teachers to integrate STEM engineering and design challenges into their classroom activities. I decided to work on creating STEM Engineering
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A complete literature unit on the 2013 Newbery Medal winning book, "The One and Only Ivan", by Katherine Applegate. This book is based on the life of a real shopping mall gorilla who spent the last years of his life at the Zoo Atlanta. This unit
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Most elementary and middle school students are crazy about Minecraft, so I have decided to create a STEM challenge pack based on this popular game. This engineering challenge activity pack is one of many that I have created to use in my classroom!
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A great partner activity to use in math! Students must work with a partner in order to answer the following question: What is the largest area and longest perimeter your group can make using only one roll of toilet paper? The packet includes all
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Engineering Challenge: How fast can your team build a realistic spider web using one container of dental floss? Materials: (per group) One container of dental floss Scissors Timer Sheet of black paper (use as a work mat) This packet contains
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Most elementary and middle school students are crazy about those yummy Peeps, so I have decided to create a STEM challenge pack based on this popular treat. This engineering challenge activity pack is one of many that I have created to use in my
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Engineering Challenge: Can you create a chair that can hold a stuffed animal using only paper and tape? Materials: (per pair or group) Copy paper One roll of masking tape Stuffed animal (small to medium sized) This packet contains all the
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A comprehensive set of printables to use with ANY novel, poem, or other text in order to cover the 5th grade Common Core Standards for Literature (RL). There are pages for all of the standards in the Reading: Standards for Literature (RL)
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Engineering Challenge: What is the tallest free-standing tower you can build with 100 toothpicks and two cups of mini-marshmallows? Materials: (per pair or group) 100 toothpicks Two cups of mini-marshmallows Containers for supplies (ziploc bags
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STEM Engineering Challenge Projects Included in this TEN PACK: Marshmallow Shooters Aluminum Foil Boats Plastic Cup Tower Marshmallow Structures Balloon Hovercrafts Penny Drop Noodle Tower Straw Boats Spaghetti Tower Oreo Tower These packets
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Engineering Challenge: Can you create a popsicle stick catapult that launches a marshmallow the farthest distance? Materials: (per classroom) Popsicle sticks Rubber bands Plastic spoons Plastic bottle caps (optional) Liquid
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Engineering Challenge: Using 100 index cards and 12 inches of tape, can you make a tower that is at least two feet tall that can hold a small stuffed animal? Materials: (per group) 100 index cards (lined or unlined, 3x5 size) 12 inches of scotch
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Engineering Challenge: Using ten straws and ten inches of plastic wrap, can you make a boat that can hold 25 pennies without sinking? Materials Needed (per student): 10 straws 10 inches of plastic wrap 3 inch strip of duct tape 25 pennies tub of
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A 4 page hands-on lab that gives students to learn about prepositions (words that indicate locations) by using paper airplanes. Wherever the plane lands, students must write a prepositional phrase to describe the location. Great way to integrate
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A sort activity using the four types of fossils (mold, cast, trace, and true form). Students must cut out the boxes and then place them in the right categories. This is a good way to build background knowledge or check for understanding of this
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We create interactive science notebooks every year and they are definitely a work in progress! These are one of the first entries in our science notebook every year! First, students create the flap books that show our science rules and then they
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We create interactive science notebooks every year and they are definitely a work in progress! These are one of the first entries in our science notebook every year! First, students create the flap books that show our science process skills and
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Engineering Challenge: Using the materials provided, can you build the peppermint racer that travels the farthest distance down a ramp? Materials: (per classroom) Life Savers Peppermints Craft (popsicle) Sticks Coffee Stirrer Straws Drinking
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught for 20 years in a large, urban, public school district (I have taught in four different schools) and I LOVE it! I taught a self-contained, multi-aged gifted class for seven years. Prior to this assignment, I taught regular ed 4th and 5th grades. I am now in a wonderful STEM school teaching 4th and 5th grade! I love the STEM philosophy and it is really making my students problem solvers and critical thinkers! I am so lucky to have such great students, past and present!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have a progressive and eclectic, a "whatever works" approach to teaching. I always want to keep kids engaged and interested in what we are doing. I do a lot of hands-on, project-based activities in all subject areas. I believe in always teaching at a high level with high expectations for both myself and my students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Received a First Year Teacher Award in 1997 Nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year three times WalMart Teacher of the Year 2006

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor Of Science in Education 1996 Masters of the Art in Education 2004 Gifted/Talented Certification 2005

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Check me out on Facebook: Smart Chick Teaching Resources OR on my recently created blog: http://smartchickteacher.wordpress.com/ http://growingastemclassroom.blogspot.com/ Higher level materials in all subject areas designed to increase student engagement and achievement. I have been a teacher of diverse student groups, like gifted students, for many years and have designed and used these items in my own classroom with much success! I also believe that any child will benefit from highly engaging and interesting activities and projects. It is so important to make learning as authentic as possible for all learners, irregardless of their level. All students have gifts and talents and it is important that we, as teachers, find and recognize these in every child. These materials give students the opportunity to increase skills they will need in the real world, not just skills they will need to do well on tests!

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PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff

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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Computer Science - Technology, Special Education, Drama, Health, Curriculum & Instruction, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Word Problems, Study Skills, Instructional Technology, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Problem Solving, ESL / ELL / EFL, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Handwriting, For Administrators, Coaching, Test Preparation, Engineering