I don’t know about you, but oftentimes in my class, we transition quickly from one lesson to the next. I was finding that we were missing a very powerful piece of our lesson: the reflection.
To help kids make greater connections to our STEM activities, I created a batch of simple pamphlets so they could reflect on their learning, increase understanding and build critical thinking skills after a math, science, STEM or STEAM lesson.
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Prep was super easy!
I printed the front and back of each version of the pamphlet on colored paper to give them a fun pop. The four options were:
- STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
- STEAM (STEM plus art)
I purposefully made extra copies so that kids could take them home too!
After our science lesson later that day, I handed each child the science pamphlet and encouraged them to talk about what happened.
We cleared up any misconceptions, thought out loud about what they learned, and made sure everyone understood the big idea.
We also used this time to share interesting facts and applying it to the real world which was so powerful!
Then students started recording their ideas in the pamphlet.
We talk about numbers… a lot.
Sometimes all the math concepts can seem overwhelming. After our next math lesson, I handed out the reflection sheet to extend the discussion.
It was a great way to share vocabulary, challenges kids faced and questions they still had about the concept.
One thing I love about STEM and STEAM activities is that they encourage students to solve problems while also looking at improving the design.
To make sure that the kids have time to plan and reflect, I started handing out the review while they were still at the STEAM or STEM center.
It was a great way to recap!
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