Our kindergarten class is currently engaging in STEM activities through NC State University. We are incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math in our classroom. The process is as follows:
STEM LESSON PLAN
April 21, 2015
NC Essential Standards: Science
K.P.1 Understand the positions and motions of objects and organisms observed in the environment.
K.E.1 Understand change and observable patterns of weather that occur from day to day and throughout the year.
In this lesson students will learn: How wind can move objects up or down. They will create their own kite then test it in the wind to determine how wind guides an object.
Objective: Students will determine whether wind can move an object up or down. Students will use rulers for measuring, shapes in our world, air and wind pressure knowledge.
Materials: construction paper, wooden dowels, tape, measuring tools (ruler or yardstick or cubes),
Yarn or string for kite tale, scissors, crayons or markers for decorating kite
Procedure: Make a kite to test and see if the wind can lift the kite as well as drop the kite.
Constraints: Kite must have 2 triangles, 6-12 inches of string, 1 dowel (plastic straw) and no more than 24 inches of tape.
After testing the kites with a fan representing the wind, students will improve their kites by brainstorming ideas on how to make it fly better.
Processing the data: Students will journal draw and write in pairs about their creation. Focusing on wind and how it moves objects up and down.
How does the wind move an object?
Does it matter about the weight of the object?
Does the kite move in different directions as the wind blows?
Does the size of the object make a difference?
Does the height of the object make a difference?
Extension: Egg/bottle experiment/Wind Pressure activity
Literacy: Books read about wind topic.
It is Windy by Kelly Doudna
Curious George the Kite by Monica Perez
The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
Batter up Wombat by Helen Lester (Librarian read this and media specialist did follow up activity on Starfall.com)
Literacy practices: Journal write and draw pictures about processes they used to complete the inquiry based lesson. Kite Project
Math practices: shapes, measurement, counting, adding and subtracting
Fine motor skills: Cutting, coloring, taping
Engineering: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve
Technology: Magic School Bus DVD’s on Gravity, Storms, Air Pressure, weather elements
Music: Sing Rock a Bye Baby
Recess: Take your kites outside in the wind and see if they will fly
After the lesson is complete, have students discuss what they learned from the unit and activities. Readdress these questions:
What facts about objects, as they relate to wind, can you state now that we have done this wind experiment or activity?
Wind Pressure activity with bottle and egg. Ask students what wind causes? They should know high and low pressure.