Earth Day and STEAM
Instead of our normal Daily 5 rotations, we celebrated Earth Day in style. We had 5 stations:
1. Making our own paper (recycling):
2. Painting the planet Earth. This was supposed to be marble painting, but the kids got creative and discovered that if you scrape the paint, it makes a "champ" design.
3. Writing in response to "The Lorax".
4. Reading magazines and finding "fun facts for the Lorax". (We reduced paper by using both sides)
5. Reading Earth Day themed books and taking AR tests.
Poetry and STEAMYou might think that poetry and science are polar opposites. But, you can integrate both of them. Have students write a science-based haiku. Our fifth graders wrote haikus about hot air balloons (STEM Unit).
Draw inspiration from some accomplished science and nature poets using resources from The Poetry Foundation and the American Academy of Poets. For starters, try:
Ten Poems to Get You Through Science Class This Year
The Sciences Sing a Lullabye by Albert Goldbarth
Darwins Bestiary by Philip Appleman
Haiku Journey by Kimberly Blaeser
Arbor Day and STEAMI heart Shel Silverstein. His poems are short enough to keep attention for little readers. They are silly. They are whimsical. I like his short stories too.
Have you read The Giving Tree? Watch this short animation to get the gist of the story.
Reading this book will no doubt inspire young readers to plant their own giving trees. In fact, if you plan ahead, you can put seeds into the pulp when making paper (see above). The paper can then be planted (along with the seeds).
Students can play along with the book with a Maker Space of wooden blocks to make the house, boat, etc.
Imagine having your students finish the animation with technology, either via tablet apps or desktop programs.
Bring in writing with ideas in this blog devoted to Shel Silverstein.