Reflection: Complex Tasks STEM Lab: Building and Evaluating a Feeder - Section 4: Communicate


One of the things that is difficult for me during STEM projects is that I have to practice asking hard questions and then giving my students enough time to work things out on their own. Most of the time, I feel rushed to finish the project, or to move on to the next thing for the day. However, asking hard questions and providing time to really think them through is what makes STEM worthwhile!

In the first video, I have asked my student to explain what he doing in the middle of building - watch as he explains his project. Then, I ask him to talk about his design afterwards - listen to his fuzzy logic! It is interesting to see how his thought process has evolved because he had time to really work on and think about his design!

*Disclaimer - I am not saying that this design would actually work - however, in the mind of this first grader, it would!!

  Complex Tasks: Asking Hard Questions
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STEM Lab: Building and Evaluating a Feeder

Unit 6: Living Organisms - Stewardship
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT build and evaluate their own bird feeder.

Big Idea: With their own designs, students build and test a bird feeder!

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Science, recycling, First Grade, 1.L.2.2 Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth. , 1.L.1.3 Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering)., 1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places , living organisms
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