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In order for children to understand why an experience matters to them, it is helpful to first present it in a real-world context.
After you have set the context, present the challenge and materials and send the children off to engage in the activity for 10–20 minutes.
It is at this moment, when many children are starting to have success but are not finished, that you should break to share experiences.
After sharing with their peers and gathering some new ideas for their own project, send children back to complete the challenge.
Cooking activities are great for teaching kids how to use measurement tools, giving them a chance to apply math skills like counting, adding, multiplying, etc. In addition, when you give them a chance to design their own recipe, children have to rely on estimation, problem solving and other critical science, math and engineering skills.VIEW ACTIVITY
Many of the activities in this curriculum rely on kids working together as a team. Engaging children early on in team-building activities such as this one can help to create a foundation for later team-based work in which collaborating together is critical to students’ success.VIEW ACTIVITY
Engineering challenges like this one help children develop problem solving, observation and teamwork skills and much more. In this challenge, your students will learn about properties of different materials and the transmission of sound as they work to design working “telephones” using simple materials.VIEW ACTIVITY
Word games are a great way to help children flex their literacy skills and have fun at the same time. This activity focuses on vocabulary and concept development as well as spelling.VIEW ACTIVITY
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