Check out this link to a prior post I wrote on Kahoot! If you have not ever used Kahoot, it is completely worth any time you spend messing with it to create the best data driven formative assessment “game” that your kids will go crazy for.
My first graders were so pumped about Kahoot and asked me every.single.day. if we could do it! I couldn’t keep up with their demands, so I had them create their own Kahoots over what we were learning. They taught the class and did the Kahoot. Their first one was over all four seasons for science. It was a blast to see how excited about learning they got. Quite honestly, they took seasons into way more depth than I ever anticipated!
“What’s the challenge today, Mrs. Visser? Why can’t we do it right now?” is what I hear first thing in the morning.
The goals of the last few weeks of school are to enjoy each other and continue learning amidst the crazy end of year feelings. We are definitely doing that and more by doing STEM Challenges each day. I have found that when we spend our days researching, designing, building, testing, and improving things that interest us we are doing more than just having fun. We are learning how to collaborate with others, communicate, use critical thinking and problem solving skills. Much of what is needed on a daily basis in this global-technology-centered world.
The Lego Boat Challenge was fun to observe because the kids worked together so well! They would test the boat and look for ways to improve the boat so that it would float. Not to mention, it tied very nicely into the theme of our little world with all this rain!
Using YouTube Kids to see lego design to help us plan. Creating our own designs.
It was really cute when I asked a student if they had planned out their design to hear, “Actually, we are building it as we design and making changes as we go.” Isn’t that what we do sometimes?
The time to test has come! The winning boat was small, solid, and rectangular without any extra decorative items.
Our awesome student teacher, Ms. Osen, taught a lesson on living/nonliving and merged it with our study of weather: fall. The students bundled up and went outside to find things for the sort.
After a great discussion about the sorting, the students went to their blog (using Weebly) and posted what they learned. Some of them even made a video telling all about it. This is a screenshot of the page. You can view these on vissersvoice1.weebly.com.