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Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers

Marshmallow and Spaghetti Challenge!  This lesson will help students with communication, teamwork, and creativity.  I assigned this task in the first week of school – it was a great way for students to get to know each other and begin the discussion on appropriate group work behavior.  

The task was to create the tallest, freestanding structure possible.  Groups could use an unlimited amount of mini marshmallows and spaghetti strands… which may seem like a lot of marshmallows and spaghetti, but students will learn very quickly that more is not always better! 

To begin, each group received (about) the same amount of materials and lab sheet. Students should fill out the first portion of the lab sheet and then decide as a group the best way to construct the tower.  Groups must complete a detailed sketch and show it to their teacher before beginning.  Additionally, if a group would like to alter their initial design, a new sketch created, then additional materials will be dispersed.  Let students be creative and explore this STEAM lesson! Click here for LAB SHEET

S – scientific process
T- I introduced this project via PowerPoint and showed a short video on “Engineering” from Discovery Ed
E- Building concepts/construction
A- Visual and spatial design 
M- 3D shapes and angles 

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Resources

 

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Recycled Art – STEAM

This art piece was created by my 5th graders using recycled bottle caps (it took us the entire school year to collect).

STEAM teaching points:

S – Importance of recycling and the dangers of plastic in the environment.
T- Computer graphing and internet research to decide on a topic.  Students created a Google Form survey to poll the class.
E- Constructing and building the art piece.
A- Color and placement of caps.
M- Measurement of the bottle caps and backing measurements. Students also learned who to calculate the diameter, radius, area and circumference of a circle (bottle cap) Image

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Art, Lessons, Resources

 

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Safari Sunsets

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To complete these wonderful art pieces, students used a variety of art mediums, including watercolors, pen, acrylic paints and charcoal paper.  The background was created using a wet-on-wet technique.  Students learned to mix the warm colors of a sunset together to create a natural gradient. Sea salt was added to the wet watercolor background to create a star effect when dry. Next students found safari type images online and printed them out. To trace the image onto the dry watercolor, we used graphite paper. On the image and horizon line was drawn, students traced the image in Sharpie and filled in with black acrylic paint. As you can see the results were beautiful!

How is this a STEAM lesson?? Science – study the animals of the Sahara Desert and learn about the colors of the sky and color reflection/refraction.  Technology – Computer research and image editing.  Art – Exploration of different mediums and color choices, color wheel and warm colors. Math – Measurement and scaling of pictures and images.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Art, Lessons, Resources

 

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