One of my favorite parts of teaching kindergarten is how easy it is to incorporate STEM into the curriculum. Kindergartners have a natural curiosity about the world around them and a love of the natural world. My Science Center is one of the easiest areas in my classroom to prep and one of my student’s favorite places to be during the day!
And it is so easy to incorporate that science into other academic areas in my classroom, making STEM a truly cross-curricular type of teaching!
As part of our insect explorations, my students make observations about plastic insects in the sensory center, and observations about real insects that they have brought from home for our “Bug Zoo”.
During our Insect STEM explorations we practice sorting with pictures of insects, we play concentration with insect pictures (to develop working memory), we hunt for insects during recess, we label insect parts, we make insects out of shapes (and other insect art), and we construct two different types of insect traps in order to determine which one will work better.
We play math and reading games with an insect twist, sing insect songs, play insect PE games, and much more!
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