November 16, 2016

December STEAM Activities

Hello everyone!  I am back to write about my recently uploaded December STEAM Activities resource.  The November STEAM Activities have been a HUGE hit in my classroom, so I cannot wait to continue them for the rest of the year!!  The December STEAM Activities also comes with five activities.  I again tried to incorporate every letter of STEAM's acronym (science, technology, engineering, art and math) throughout the month's activities.

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The first activity in my December STEAM pack is "Snowball Fight Catapults."

In this activity, students will use Popsicle sticks, rubber bands and a spoon to make a catapult.  If your students are unaware what a catapult is, you can read the "What is a catapult paper?" to your students.  I also think it is beneficial to search "kid created catapults" to see a variety of catapults to get their minds working!

The students will use a blank piece of paper to create snow balls to catapult at the snow ball fighter template.  Included is a graphic organizer for building the catapult and a paper if you think that your students are capable of measuring the distances the snowballs go!

The next activity in my December STEAM pack is "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

 For this activity, students will use a mixture of baking soda and hair conditioner to build a snowman.   Teachers will begin by explaining what they will be mixing.  Students can use the graphic organizer to predict what they will be doing with the mixture once it's created. They will then build a snowman and use different craft pieces to decorate their snowman!

 The third activity in my December STEAM Pack is "Winter Wonderland building" with pipe cleaners.

During this activity, students will use the provided Holiday task cards and given pipe cleaners to build Winter and Christmas images.  Teachers will review shapes that the students see within the images and how they will create a 2-D image!

Next in the December STEAM Activities is the Christmas Tree Art.

 Students will use triangles and rectangles to build an entire Christmas tree.  After the students put the puzzle together, they will glue it on construction paper, and finally color and design it like a Christmas tree!

 The final activity in the December STEAM Activities is the Google Classroom and Lego lesson.
 Students will start on Google classroom.  They will move the colored Lego pieces from the left side of the screen to the puzzle on the right side of the screen.  This will help them build December images: a snowman, present, tree and sleigh!

While the students are completing the Google Classroom lesson, they can color the graphic organizer to then visualize what each winter item should look like.

Finally, they can use the graphic organizer to build with real Legos!  The Google and graphic organizer are a great way for students to plan what to build!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope these December STEAM Activities make Science class extra fun for you and your students! Enjoy!