ST 1.3

ST1.3 Students are empowered to personalize and self-direct their STEM learning experiences supported by STEM educators who facilitate their learning.


The class read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom as part of their Tree Unit. A STEM activity was set-up to incorporate literacy and math. The students answered these questions: How many letters can you balance on your tree? Can you identify the letters you pick out to put on your tree? 


The class read the poem, "Five Little Pumpkins," then they found letters they knew and counted how many words were in a line. They also practiced reading it together. Then, the class worked on building a gate that would hold all five pumpkins. The students could use any materials found in the classroom, but they they had to make sure all the pumpkins could fit and that the gate would remain standing. 


The class was learning about The Leader in Me Habit Two: begin with the end in mind. The students were challenged to work together to design and build a new toy. The students created a prototype using building blocks they had in the classroom. 


The second graders explored severe weather elements by experimenting with static electricity to emulate thunder and lightning. The students created a model of a tornado and created rain clouds and hurricanes through various art mediums. This was all part of the Weather Unit. 2nd


Santa's sleigh broke down and he only had one more island to deliver presents to -- oh no! The third grade students were challenged to create a catapult to help Santa deliver his remaining gifts. The supplies they had were ten Popsicle sticks, a handful of rubber bands, a spoon, and a present. 


During the COVID-19 eLearning time, Ms. Evans (one of Coosa's Literacy Coaches) created a digital read aloud of Dan Santat's, After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). Then, two of the fourth grade classes participated in the STEM challenge Ms. Evans posed at the end of her read aloud. The student challenge was to create something that could protect an egg from a 6' fall. You can see the documented challenges below:
Ms. Sutton's Class 
Ms. Warner's Class


The fourth graders learned about contemporary artist, Shinique Smith. This artist loves colors, textures, lines, and patterns. She is inspired by Japanese calligraphy and the fabrics she sees around her. The students worked collaboratively to create colorful collages inspired by her work. 

The fifth grade students learned about the artist, M. C. Escher. They observed his tessellated artwork and how he repeated the the shapes with no spaces between them. Then, the students used stencils to trace and make their own tessellated patterns. They used a print technique to create the background colors.