STEM and Science Learning - Vivify STEM
“Ewww that’s so gross! Wow, how cool! No way I am touching that. Let’s do it again! I can’t believe that happened.”Those are the reactions we want in our science classroom! Creating an experience that really makes students react (good and bad!) is the basis for a science lesson that they will remember!What’s your favorite science activity that had a big reaction from students?
Erupting Volcano Christmas Ornaments For Kids - Little Bins for Little Hands
Who doesn't love a good eruption? Check out these simple Christmas baking soda Christmas ornaments. Baking soda science is awesome! Check out the simple directions to create this Christmas chemistry experiment with your elementary aged kids. Perfect for home or school.
10 Tips for Managing a STEM Classroom — Vivify STEM
Would you like to spend more time on the joy side and less on the frustration side of STEM teaching? Me too! Let’s talk about classroom management strategies in the STEM classroom. I hope you finish reading this feeling like you can “let your hair down” and truly enjoy all of your future STEM lessons!
The STEM Space Podcast: Ep. 45. The Best STEM Challenge Ever — Vivify STEM
Weather balloons, rockets, and space landers? Oh my! STEM has so many projects and products out there, it can be hard to narrow it down to not only what works, but what's fun and STILL educational for your students. From pizza-stealing aliens to homemade roller coaster projects taller than a third grader, tune in to learn about and become inspired by Natasha and Claire's favorite STEM challenges.
Classic Coding STEM Activity Pack
Go screen-free with Coding!If you are looking to introduce coding to young kids, this is the pack to have!Explore coding through easy to print, setup, and do activities that don't need a screen!This is an excellent and inexpensive way to let kids explore algorithms and binary code!
First Grade STEM Activities
These first grade STEM activities are the perfect teacher resource for both new and veteran teachers! This resource contains so many AMAZING STEM activities that kids will love to do again and again. From force and motion activities to weather projects, there is something for absolutely everyone. #STEM #teacherresources #firstgradeSTEM
Building Bricks STEM Volcano Island Engineering Design Challenge
🌋 Your students are volcanologists on a deserted island when they suddenly become stranded! They then must use the engineering design process to solve a problem from one of 30 challenge cards. Students are first tasked with building an island (either using building bricks or paper) before using LEGOs to build their design solutions.My students (2nd & 4th grades) have been loving these challenges this week - a great opportunity to practice the EPD & critical thinking skills!
The STEM Space Podcast: Ep. 44. How Do You Manage Your STEM Classroom? — Vivify STEM
How do you manage your STEM classroom? Do you have labels on everything or are you a bit less organized but still (somehow) coordinated? Join Natasha and Claire as they jump into a STEM classroom management discussion with special guest, Julie Lyons, a 15-year veteran of STEM education and current guest blogger and curriculum designer for Vivify STEM. Routines are useful, but sometimes you just need "coordinated chaos."
Outer Space Hats
These solar system hats are the perfect addition to every classrooms space unit or as a fun activity to help kids learn the order of planets from the sun! pre k, kindergarten and first graders are sure to love this educational and engaging craft! #outerspaceactivities #solarsystem #spacehats
If I Built a Car (If I Built Series): Van Dusen, Chris: 9780147509147: Amazon.com: Books
Car day is one of my favorites with first grade. We discuss the simple machine of wheels and axles, the forces working on a car, and parts of a car. We then weigh toy cars and race them down a ramp (predicting which will win based on the weight). We finish by reading "If I Built A Car" by Chris Van Dusen and build our own mini dream cars using the engineering design process! STEM is so much fun! 🚙
Christmas Activities Bundle
Searching for fun and entertaining ways to keep your kids occupied over Christmas break? Or maybe you are looking for fun hands on activities for elementary kids during December! This packet has all kinds of fun, hands-on activities for kids. From LEGO building to scientific problem solving you'll be sure to find something to keep your little ones busy & learning!
The STEM Space Podcast: Ep. 43. How Do We Define Success In STEM? — Vivify STEM
Can you design a roller coaster? Is it the process or the product that matters? How do we define success in STEM, especially with all of the variables presented to us as teachers? In this episode of The STEM Space, Natasha and Claire discuss all the learning curves the majority of us encounter when trying to map out a STEM curriculum, make sure all the proper standards apply, and discern whether our students are actually taking anything away from their STEM activities.
This cool bicolor flower experiment is perfect for young scientists to explore plants. To show children just what plants do with all the water they take in, I added a little twist on a classic kids’ science experiment by dyeing a single flower not one but TWO colors. Kids will love the outcome! Try it out today!
STEM Curriculum Map — Vivify STEM
I often get asked, “how do I teach STEM to my preschooler(s)?!” My answer is usually that you probably already are! Kids should start with a solid toolbox of experiences. Before we give them the science words, they need to have experienced the concepts. Leave screens alone. Encourage them to ask all the questions. Model curiosity for them!
5 Read Alouds and STEM Challenges to Teach Social Awareness Skills to Kids
Carly and Adam have put together a social and emotional learning STEM bundle with 5 of their favorite read alouds and STEM challenges to help teach students about the importance of social awareness. These challenges, based on the Casel Framework, will give your elementary STEM students the opportunity to feel compassion for others.Click to learn more.
STEM Tools - Klever Innovations Cutters are loved by Vivify STEM!
🧰 What tools do you use most in your STEM classroom? I love all the cardboard cutters!!! Especially the Klever Innovations Cutters that my first graders have mastered and I don’t have to worry about them hurting themselves. List your faves below! #stemeducation #iteachstem #stemedu #stemteacher #makerspace #ilovestem #stemactivitiesforkids #stemist