STEM Newsletter

May 2021

East Side Elementary

STEM with Mrs. Shonk

Kindergarten


Have been learning about engineering and building structures with a variety of building materials.

1st Grade and 2nd Grade

Have been using Scratch Jr. with the PLTW curriculum.

Scratch Jr. is a visual programming language designed to introduce programming skills. Students snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing.

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5th grade

Recycled plastic grocery bags while learning about the life of plastic, how it is made and what happens when it goes to the landfill vs. being recycled into a new product.

Students use plastic grocery bags to make bracelets and one student even made a belt.

Kindergarten

Mrs. Wahlstrom

Using Squishy Circuits, our Kindergarten class learned the basics of circuits and explored how to make a circuit with play dough. They attached a battery back to their play dough then added LED lights. If all was correct the electricity flows in a loop and makes the led light light up! If it did not work the students had to figure out what went wrong. We just ended our insect unit so they made some "lighting" bugs!
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Second Grade

Mrs. Crawhorn

What kind of nest would you build to protect a chick?
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Mrs. Pence

Our class also took the challenge to see who could build the tallest nest to keep a chick safe.
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Earth Day Activity

Our inspiration to make plastic bracelets came from the story "One Plastic Bag" in our reading series.
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Fourth Grade

Mrs. Malone

Rubber Egg Experiment
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STEM Newsletter



Compiled by Susan Pence

STEM coach

supence@ecsc.k12.in.us


If you have anything you would like to highlight in your class about STEM please feel free to contact me.