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The goal of this grant it to purchase the supplies needed to create over 35 different STEM activities for my Kindergarten classroom. These activities will be used to enhance science, math, engineering and technology activities for earlier work finishers in the classroom.

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STEM for Earlier Finishers.

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Kristie Gerber 
Students Impacted:
25 
Grade:
Date:
June 19, 2019

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Only $460.00 Needed

 

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Goal

The goal of this grant it to purchase the supplies needed to create over 35 different STEM activities for my Kindergarten classroom. These activities will be used to enhance science, math, engineering and technology activities for earlier work finishers in the classroom. 

 

What will be done with my students

When students are finished with their assigned work, they will have the opportunity to select and work with a predesigned STEM activity. These activities promote the combination of science, math, engineering and technology with development of critical thinking, motor skills and independent thinking. Students will use the materials provided to complete an outlined task.

There will always be 10 activities available. I will have the opportunity to rotate and add in seasonal activities throughout the academic year. Many of the supplies are consumable and need to be replaced frequently so the activity can be completed properly.

In my experience, students enjoy the challenge of these activities and look forward to having time in the classroom to create and work through STEM projects. Students often pick STEM activities to engage in when we have free choice activity time in the classroom.
 

 

Benefits to my students

According to the U.S. Department of Education, all STEM jobs in the U.S. will increase 14 percent from 2010-2020, accounting for millions of positions. Yet many will go unfilled, as students are not prepared for an occupation in this field. I believe implementation of SETM projects in Kindergarten is one way I can help to change this statistic and prepare my students for their future.

Using a STEM approach in teaching allows students to apply learning that occurred in the four subject areas to a real life problem given by the teacher. Students are able to problem solve in a way that the typical classroom learning does not allow. STEM capitalizes on students’ interests and experiences, builds on what they know and have just learned, and provides them an opportunity to take chances and engage in learning in a different way. Using a STEM model prepares students to investigate questions they have about the world they live in and gives them the tools to solve daily problems they encounter. A STEM enriched classroom sounds different as well; students are conversing, sharing ideas, discussing possibilities, and using learned vocabulary as they experiment together.

The critical thinking that occurs as a result of working through a STEM activity is a necessary yet often not taught process for our 5 and 6-year-old Kindergarten students. I believe in productively challenging students, allowing them the freedom to think critically and develop additional skills that STEM activities allow. 

 

Describe the Students

Our 2019-2020 student rosters have not been created at this point. Based on previous class data, our self-contained Kindergarten population contains a diverse group of learners: some high performers, some average performing students and some struggling students. Our classrooms may contain some ESE population that includes speech-impaired students, language impaired students, and vision impaired students along with ESOL students. Our population is as follows: 5% Asian, 6% Black, 22% Hispanic, 5% Multi-racial and 62% White. 37% of our school received free or reduced lunch based on income in the 2018-2019 school year.  

 

Budget Narrative

Card stock and lamination will be used to develop the necessary direction cards in addition to activity pieces that are necessary to complete individual STEM projects.

Consumable Materials may include but are not limited to the following items students will be using to complete STEM activities:
Foam Balls
Toothpicks
Playdough
Wooden Sticks
Popcycle Sticks
Google Eyes
Tissue Paper
Pipe Cleaners
Foam Board
Yarn
Q-Tips
Buttons
Rice
Pom Pom's
Beads
Felt
Stickers
Tape

Non-Consumable Materials may include but are not limited to the following items students will need to complete STEM activities:
Tweezers
Chop Sticks
Large Legos
Sorting Bears
Muffin Tins
Trays
Stamps
Hole Punch
Mason Jars
Ice Cube Trays
Cookie Cutters
Containers
Geo Board
Scissors
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Card Stock $50.00
2 Lamination $70.00
3 Consumable Materials $200.00
4 Non-Consumable Materials $140.00
  Total: $460.00

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Only $460.00 Needed

 

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