by Cassie Hegarty
Thanksgiving Table STEM activity, Patterns, Fractions, Landforms, Food Chains, Setting, Story-retell
This month we have delivered to you many new activities to help empower you to work with your children at home and give them a sense of accomplishment and success while ENJOYING the learning process! Remember, we are here to help you parents succeed as the first educators of your children.
STEM Thanksgiving Table
Your children are given all of the supplies they need to build a Thanksgiving table complete with all of the dinner items needed! Using their creativity, ingenuity and excitement.
Using beads and pipe cleaners, your child will create various colorful patterns. Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. They also help children learn how to make logical connections and use reasoning skills. Patterns can be found everywhere in our daily lives and should be pointed out to small children.
YUM! This month we provided all that you need to make pizza fractions. Maybe your family can bake up some real pizza fractions at home! Proficiency with fractions is an important foundation for learning more advanced mathematics. Fractions are a student's first introduction to abstraction in mathematics and, as such, provide the best introduction to algebra in the elementary and middle school years.
Given cards explaining and showing plains, valleys and mountains your child will build these landforms using clay. These geographical features are important not only because they make up one-fourth of our world, but they also regulate the ecosystem, climate, and weather, making it possible for humans like us to live.
Children will create an actual chain using strips of paper and the names and pictures of various living things in our eco system. Using what they know about the world around us, they will create a food chain to display around the house! A food chain shows how energy is transferred from one living organism to another via food. It is important for us to understand how the food chain works so that we know what are the important living organisms that make up the food chain and how the ecology is balanced.
After reading The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson, your child will build the main setting of the story using clay and other supplies given in their Language Arts bag. Most people are visual learners and this activity can really help your child to visualize the story and make it more clear to them. Visual learners appreciate the mental pictures storytelling evokes.
Your child will receive the story The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson and after reading the story will cut out the provided characters from the story, glue them onto popsicle sticks and use those to retell the story. By having your children retell a story to you, you are helping them with comprehension, fostering their imagination, and building meaningful connections with them.