Kindergarten-Design a Paintbrush
The students were introduced to and utilized the design process as they solved a problem presented by fictional characters Angelina, Suzi, and Mylo. The students designed a paintbrush using straws, feathers, and pom poms. After building the new paintbrush, students had the opportunity to paint with it and test their designs.
1st Grade-Design a House 2
The students designed and built one of the three houses described in The Three Little Pigs. Using materials to represent straw, sticks, or bricks, the students constructed a 3-dimensional model. In this lesson, students made improvements to their structures before testing them in front of a fan to see if the wolf could blow it down.
2nd Grade-Dear Santa
The students created a video letter using Photo Booth to tell Santa (or someone who may purchase a gift for them) what they want, need, would wear, would read, a wish for someone else. Completed videos were uploaded to Google Classroom.
3rd Grade-Speedometry 5
Hot Wheels cars took their final trials as the students used loops, extra track, and a vice grip to reach maximum potential and kinetic energy.
5th Grade-Capture a Creeper
As our final Minecraft engineering challenge, the students created traps to capture a paper creeper. After completing their designs, they demonstrated the mechanisms by recording a video.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade-Design a House
2nd Grade-Smart Presentation
The students created a Google Slides presentation to showcase monthly Smart Vocabulary words. The students defined the words and found images (labeled for reuse) to illustrate the words.
3rd Grade-Speedometry 4
The students continued to learn about potential and kinetic energy using Hot Wheels. In this lesson, the students added height to their ramps with the addition of a clamp that could be attached to a table or other structure.
4th Grade-Relay Programming
5th Grade-Construct an Animal Pen 2
Continuing with our Minecraft Engineering unit, the students designed and constructed an animal pen for Minecraft farm animals. Students have been getting a lot of experience working in teams and sharing ideas while being sensitive to other teammates. The students had a limited number of supplies to work with, but were able to ask a foreman for additional supplies if needed. We completed our animal pens this week and shared the features of each pen.
Kindergarten-Design a House
1st Grade-Straw, Wood, & Bricks
After listening to the fable The Three Little Pigs, students retold the story including key details. The students answered questions about the characters, major events in the story, and identified the materials used by each of the pigs in constructing their houses. Students will continue to use the terms structure and function as they consider these important concepts in terms of the building materials the pigs chose.
2nd Grade-Pixel Pictures cont./Catch Up
The students learned that pixels are minute area of illumination on a display screen and that when they are placed strategically, they create the images we see. After creating our own pixel pictures, we uploaded a snapshot to a Google Doc. Students used remaining time after completing their document to catch up on any unfinished assignments in the Google Classroom.
3rd Grade-Speedometry 3
4th Grade-Getting Loopy
Students repeated actions, learning how to take a series of steps and turn them into a single loop. We began learning with actions and movement, then moved to Code.org for practice using loops when coding.
5th Grade-Constuct an Animal Pen
Continuing with our Minecraft Engineering unit, the students designed and constructed an animal pen for Minecraft farm animals. Students have been getting a lot of experience working in teams and sharing ideas while being sensitive to other teammates. The students had a limited number of supplies to work with, but were able to ask a foreman for additional supplies if needed.
Welcome to the STEAM Studio Blog for Jamestown Upper & Lower Elementary Schools in Hudsonville, MI. Here you will find the latest projects and concepts we've been working on in class.
comes to Hudsonville with 17 years of teaching information and technology skills to elementary students. After earning a BA in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 2000, she drew a circle on the map and chose Southwest Michigan.