Lego Geometry

We just finished learning about 3D shapes and I wanted a way for the kiddos to review their learning during their independent math time.  I came up with this idea while cruising through the Lego store with the hubs.  I filled a small box with a variety of legos and I had the kids open up the Lego Geometry assignment in Google Classroom.  The kiddos were asked to build a cube and a rectangular prism.  I debated about dictating the size, but decided to let them free build and I am glad I did.  Once the students finished building they filled out their slides in Google classroom.  I plan to print them out into a geometry book.  You can see an example of the slides below.  If you want a copy of the slides for use in your classroom, just click on the photos below.

100th Day Stem

Loved using these 100th day STEM activities.    I set up stations around the room and the kiddos rotated every 20 minutes.  They had a blast.  Definitely a new 100th day tradition.  You can download these activities free {here}.

100th Day Fun

I love the 100th day of school.  This year it was supposed to be the day after Valentine's day and that kinda scared me.  Luckily, we had 2 snow days and that moved the 100th day to FRIDAY.  That I can deal with.  Our first grade classrooms do the 100th day collections.  Each first grader brings in 100 items and the school walks through the classrooms and admires the collections.  It is so fun.  I love seeing the creativity.  I didn't want to do a repeat of that activity for second grade so we do the 100th day t-shirts and have a fashion show.  The students are asked to put 100 items on a t-shirt and wear it to school that day.  I roll out the red carpet- yes, really- a red carpet and turn on the disco lights and get some funky runway music on.  The kids model their shirts on the red carpet.  They love it!!  

Valentine's Day STEM

Nothing says, "Valentine's Day" like Lego Catapults!  Am I right?  The kiddos had so much fun.  I think this will become a Valentine's Day tradition in my classroom.  The kids were tasked with building a catapult that would launch the candy heart the furthest.  I started the activity by showing the students the basics of catapult construction and recommendation of bricks to use for the lever and basket to hold the heart in. I made up some tubs ahead of time that held a variety of rubberbands and the bricks I had used in my demonstration and then I set the kids on their way.  They worked in groups of 3 or 4 and that seemed to be the perfect amount.  I just loved listening to their conversations as they worked together to problem solve and build with a purpose.  Their catapults turned out great.

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