Weather and the Effect of the Sun STEM Activities will engage all your students during a study of weather. Your students will love learning using these hands-on activities. Great for on-site learning, at home learning, or blended.
We start STEAM very simple. I want them to think for themselves and solve problems. Because they are beginners, their design sheets are basic, but I want them to start designing and planning. This will only help them and improve as they get older. Each design sheet is made to be colored.
- Science: Make a Tent ÔøΩCardstock (cut in half), crayons or markers, thermometer
- Technology: Weather ÔøΩApp- Marco Polo Weather (FREE), iPad, App Review Sheet Students love this app. They are able to change the weather, temperature, and wind speed. There are different characters and accessories they can manipulate.
- Engineering: Windmills ÔøΩUnsharpened pencils with erasers, pushpins, windmill template (3 different templates included), scissors, hair dryer (for wind)
- Art: Sun Prints ÔøΩSun print paper, magnetic alphabet, cookie sheets, sink or tub of water
- Math: Shape Clouds ÔøΩCotton balls, glue, templates, blue construction paper
- Weather Journal ÔøΩ2 different templates
Fine motor skills are still being developed and simple things, like cutting with scissors, are important. I had more than one student who cut their windmill into pieces, so having extra templates printed is always a good idea. Projects are not going to look perfect and that is ok.
I do not use a lot of materials. Each student has a school box with crayons, glue sticks, scissors, etc. We do not share materials. When they need materials that are not in their school box I have them individually bagged for them. Most everything used in this unit can be easily found in a classroom or home.