Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Just Can't Get Enough of that Christmas STEM!

I just love finding fun seasonal activities that students can get excited about!
I'm going to be adding some Christmas, and then move into January, so we all have something to look forward to. Some are free, and some cost.

Here are a few freebie ideas!
I ran across these ideas on Pinterest, but you will find full details at This Blog.

Here is another one from the Polka Dot Patch.
It is simple to set up, easy to give instructions, and at the same time scientific!

Gingerbread Man Trap: Engineering Challenge Project ~ Grea
This is one of my favorite little freebies. I love using it with the rest of my gingerbread unit.

This is my own favorite product. To find out more about my entire Gingerbread unit Click Here, or you can click on the picture to go right to my store for the Heathy Houses. You will find that I am not a purist. I use the "good stuff" from everyone. I like to have students do some reading, writing, and research; as well as the science and art part of it. 

I forgot to check Art with Jenny K, so I didn't get to the coloring part this year, but will next year.
Gingerbread

Gingerbread
This isn't a STEM project, but it could be part of a STEAM project, 
and I just love Art with Jenny K and her work. 

I love making these ornaments, and I just found an even better way to do them.
I actually have extra large styrofoam cups for mine, but I love this idea. It is not nearly as messy. The only problem, is that the students are mixing their own solution.
Now the question is, do you do it in December or January. I have done both, but to be honest, I usually do it in January because it is hard to get to in December. Either works. 

I love studying about the snow, because even though we are just an hour away from the snow, some of my students have never seen any. Once in a blue moon, we actually get snow in our little community, but not very often. If you have never purchased snow, then I recommend that you give it a try. The most economical way is to purchase it in quantity. 
I usually get mine from Steve Spangler

I purchased the little tubes- one for each group, but then I refill them each year.
Click on either picture to go to 

If you would like more resources on snow, then click on the picture below. 
I have quite a few links on my webpage. These links are on the right side of the page.

Here are some more STEM projects:
STEM All Wrapped Up! - Engineering a Gift Box
Not a Free item, but it is half price at the time of this posting.

STEM Snowball Frenzy: An Engineering Exploration of Levers



I discovered Get Caught Engineering on Pinterest. This store is all about STEM.
Here is one of this store's free products:
STEM Essentials: The Nitty Gritty of Teaching STEM

STEM-tastic Rovers! Edible Engineering

Free Candy Cane Activities: Activities and printables for math, science, reading, and technology on this post. Perfect for December!
Although this is a Christmas deal, I personally think it should be used in January, because I always have leftover candycanes. Of course this year, I'm going to use some of them for my 
Click on the candy cane picture to find out how Jennifer Findley uses candy canes in her classroom.

Here is another favorite of mine, which can be done at Christmas, but it also can be done at anytime during the year. Sometimes I even do it for Mother's Day.
Salt Candle: For Christmas, Mother's Day or Anytime
This is actually a 3-Pak for Christmas, Mother's Day, or anytime.

This is a Freebie by Faiytales & Fiction.

S.T.E.M. - Christmas Project
Another Freebie!

This one is not Free, but I couldn't resist. 
STEM Christmas Challenge: Elf Stuck on a Shelf!
I am definitely doing this next year!



For more freebies, check out my Freebies Pinterest Page where I pin all the freebies that I would like to use.

If you would like to see all the freebies I have made CLICK HERE, because I have quite a few!
Thanks so much for following along on this little look into STEM activities.

I hope you find a project for both Christmas and when you return to the classroom.
Please leave me a note and let me know your favorite STEM project.

I'm adding one last thing that I just found.
Maker Space FREE Guide to Getting Started



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