Kindergarten STEAMS into Literacy

Kindergarten STEAMS into Literacy
Posted on 09/27/2019
STEAMMerriwether Elementary School focuses on STEAM even with their littlest students. STEAM stands for: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Kindergarten students have been working on STEAM challenges each week. On Fridays, groups of students create something from the literacy story of the week. Students were challenged to build alphabet trees from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom using blocks, popsicles sticks, and letters. They also have built dot creations from the story The Dot. Most recently, students had to build the highest penny towers from the book Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. Sarah Kirkendohl, kindergarten teacher, said, “We love doing these Friday challenges. It is a great way for students to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar, acquiring new skills, and discovering the world of design innovation.” In these challenges students have to learn how to problem solve, communicate with partners, and be creative using materials. STEAM challenges are something the students look forward to every week! Collaboration and critical thinking are two ways that MES is continuously helping prepare even their youngest students to become Edgefield County graduates.
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