Wednesday's are the best days because we catch up on science, social studies, mindfulness, STEM, and everything else wonderful in first grade. Today we took on a STEM challenge with our classmates. We demonstrated PERSISTENCE as we worked together with friends, tried our ideas, watched them fall, picked up the pieces, and tried new ideas.
Question: How tall of a structure can your team build?
Materials: 50 index cards, a sheet of dot stickers, and your brains?
Procedure: You tell me!
Norah suggested we sketch our ideas first! What a great idea! Here are our plans.
We quickly got to work. We learned that index cards can be very strong if you fold them in half, roll them in tubes, make triangles out of them, and stick them to the table. Here are some things heard around the classroom today:
"THIS IS OUR TOP PRIORITY!"
"THIS IS THE BEST THING WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED!"
"LET'S MAKE IT STRONG BEFORE WE MAKE IT TALL!"
"I THINK WE WORK REALLY WELL TOGETHER. LET'S DO THAT AGAIN TOMORROW!"
And some pictures of our final products! So many different approaches, lots of great teamwork, positive attitudes, words of encouragement, and learning shared.