Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Gingerbread STEM Project Part 2

The Kindergarteners were so invested in working on their traps, we actually had to devote a second day to complete them.  Each child had an opportunity to share their trap and explain their thinking about how it would work. I am so impressed by the quality of their work and the level of knowledge that they have gained over the last couple of weeks.  They are simply amazing!

Gingerbread STEM Project Part 1

This month the Kindergarteners were introduced to the story of The Gingerbread Man.  We spent lots of time reading and rereading the traditional version of this story.  We created charts looking at the setting, characters, problem and solution as well as the beginning, middle and end. The problem in this story is that the Gingerbread Man ran away from the old woman and old man.  As a group, we decided to try to catch him.  Then, we watched a video about two children trying to "trap" a cat so they could give it a bath. This video helped us think about the best ways to make a trap to capture the Gingerbread Man. Lots of work went into this STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) project!  It was amazing!

coloring our gingerbread people

beginning to create our traps