Third grade has been enjoying a new addition to our learning this year-S.T.E.A.M. Fridays! S.T.E.A.M., short for science, technology, engineering, art, and math, is a fun way for students to learn all sorts of things. So far this year we’ve created slingshots and measured how far different-sized pom poms would fly, played subtraction Farkle, created spider web bridges, created school buses out of tissue boxes and measured how far they would roll, and created apple rafts.
Not only do the students get to do some fun, out-of-the-ordinary activities, they also get practice problem-solving, working together, taking turns being the leader and the follower, and expressing their ideas. It is especially fun to watch their interactions with each other and observe them using the growth mindset. They are starting to realize that they may not be successful at first, but they can learn from their mistakes and from their classmates. What a great way to practice skills that will get them far in the years ahead!
Mrs. Krista Elliot, Third Grade