STEM Rec Challenges September 4 - 7, 2018

STEM Rec Challenges
September 4 - 7, 2018

Social Studies
Archery and Teepees
The Plains Indians refers to the Native American tribe who lived in the Great Plains…. the vast area between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains. They were farmers and hunter-gatherers. The Indians of the Great Plains were known for living in teepees while on their hunting expeditions. Students will be practicing their “archery” skills with a game and decorating teepees.

Game of the Month
New this year!! The first week of every month, STEM will introduce a game at one of our stations. The Math Station will kick us off in September, teaching Bang!, a Wild West-themed social deduction card game that goes along with our first term theme, the American Frontier. After the introductory week, all games will move over to the Self-Directed area where it will be available for the rest of the month.

Basket Weaving
Students will be exploring weaving this week. Weaving is an ancient form of basket making which incorporated textiles and creativity. Students will learn about different types of weaving from around the world and then practice the basic concepts of weaving.

Engineering and Technology
Snap Circuits- Last week
Everyone has been enjoying Snap Circuits. They will be available for one more week before Eng/Tech moves on to a new unit.

Beach Ball Stories
This week is all about stories: talking about the different components of stories, telling stories and then creating our own short stories! We're going to do this by playing with a beach ball, drawing some pictures and of course, using our creativity.

The tectonic plates are constantly in motion. We'll look at how the location of the continents has changed over time and will continue to change into the future. We'll talk about how fossils give us clues about where the continents used to be.

Wellness Thursdays
New this year! Every Thursday, students will have the opportunity to participate in a wellness activity. For the month of September, students will learn the rules of kickball and practice playing. Good sportsmanship will be a main focus.

STEM is defining Good Sportsmanship as follows:

  1. Playing in a manner that develops your physical skills
  2. Playing in a manner that allows your classmates to develop their skills as well
  3. Playing in a manner that others students will want to play with you again. 

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