Leadership, Sportsmanship, and Teamwork Teacher Resources
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New! Cracking the Code
Some interesting reading on the history of barcodes opens this technology lesson. Readers find out how engineers contribute, and then they gather into groups to discuss possible improvements to our current UPC barcode system. Know that though the publisher lists national education standards met as early as third grade, this lesson would be above the heads of most third graders. Use it with a middle school STEM lesson.
Extensive reading is done in order to learn about scanning probe microscopy and nanoscale. Afterward, individuals use a pencil to probe an unidentified object that is inside of a box so that they cannot see it. Using only what they could gather via the probe, they draw the object.
Students investigate the ways in which ancient technologies - six types of simple machines and combinations - are used to construct modern buildings. As they work together to solve a design problem (designing and building a modern structure), they brainstorm ideas, decide on a design, and submit it to a design review before acquiring materials to create it.
Oh how I love a good and well-written teaching guide! Here is a great set of activities, worksheets, and comprehension questions all related to the book James and the Giant Peach. Each activity is centered on a different theme or concept from the novel and is written to increase reading comprehension, literary analysis, and writing skills. Just click, print, and use!
Engineering enthusiasts are sure to explode in understanding as they practice the engineering design process (EDP). A container of "toxic popcorn" is placed in the classroom. Teams must work together to devise a method for removing it safely. Plan on awarding successful teams with a delicious snack at the end of the challenge.
Engineers team up to design and construct an 18-inch-long robotic arm that can successfully pick up a paper cup. Each group is given the exact same set of materials, but it is up to them to decide what to use and how to use it. It is a straightforward, yet challenging plan for your physical science class.
What does it take to prepare for a construction project? In an engineering lesson, youngsters examine how a Ferris wheel can turn and carry a load without falling apart. After reading up on big wheel designs, they create a model using pasta noodles, teabags, and other simple materials. Try finding a video on the Internet about the amazing Singapore Flyer and showing it to your class as an anticipatory set.
Electronic engineering hopefuls get hands-on with hand geometry and the technology of biometrics. After taking the appropriate measurement on their hands, they configure their personal hand geometry codes and compare them to classmates. A discussion ensues about whether or not using biometrics is an accurate way to provide identification in situations where security is important. For older pupils, consider staging a debate to argue whether or not this technology is useful and secure.
To better understand what it takes to work in the field of training or educating, learners first explore the education career cluster. After they research the cluster, pupils write questions for a guest speaker. This speaker can be from any job in the education cluster.
Now that your upper grader has a job, you need to teach him how to keep it. Discuss appropriate workplace behavior such as teamwork, initiative, and self-motivation. Also bridge the topic of what is and what isn't ethical behavior and why it's so important to maintaining a job and workplace environment.
This is a big dodgeball game. The cats line up on the sidelines of the basketball court. The mice line up on one endline of the basketball court. The mice want to get the cheese from one end of the court to the other and then back. Of course, they do not want to get hit by balls being thrown by the cats! Sounds like a lot of fun to play, and it's a great way to practice throwing skills.
Divide the class up so there are five players on each team. Then scatter enough cones for soccer goals. Each team needs to have offensive players who will dribble and pass the soccer ball and try to score on all the other teams. They will also have a couple of players who will defend their goal and try to keep the other teams from scoring goals against them. You can decide if you want to allow teams to have goalies or not. If you let them have goalies, make sure to rotate positions so everyone has a chance to run around.
Looking for different activities to develop communication skills and teamwork in your class? Tired of using the same name game to start your school year? From icebreakers to initiatives, this app is sure to have the perfect group game to get your young learners out of their seats and interacting effectively!
In a role-playing activity, young engineers develop a standard for what a cell phone would need in order to use a "PowerFork" charger. Once the parameters are set, they work in small groups to construct such a cell phone. By using this lesson, designers discover the importance of having technical standards to establish uniformity.
Embrace the science fair as a way for learners to use the scientific method while improving their cooperative learning skills.
It's a neat idea, but the task of designing a system for filling jars with consistent specific amounts of a product may be a little out of reach, especially for younger pupils. Intended as an engineering design lesson, this may be better used in a measurement unit. A well-written handout about scales and manufacturing engineering is provided; this piece alone has value for an engineering or STEM lesson.
Working in teams is an important academic and career skill. Here, the class works in groups to come to a consensus on a hypothetical proposal for a revised code of conduct. This resource also describes a teambuilding activity: the human knot game. Lastly, individuals write down a plan for continuing to develop this skill.
Young scholars analyze people, body parts, or objects and how they relate to one another in a spatial relationship. In this spatial relationship activity, students complete warm-ups about spatial relationships and through puzzle shapes demonstrate prepositional relationships.
Challenge your learners to cross a piranha-infested river. Actually, it's just the gym floor, and they are trying to get from point A to point B, but the story makes it a more interesting challenge. Each group has two mats a given distance apart. They will start on one mat and use stepping stones (wooden blocks) to get across to the other mat. Each group gets a certain amount of blocks and they must use teamwork and strategy to get across. Of course, the distance between mats should be adjusted according to the age level of your class.
Soccer players will be running around practicing their dribbling skills without even thinking about what they are doing. As they are dribbling to their Hula-Hoop, they will be honing their ball-control skills to keep other players from stealing the ball from them. This is a high-action game and players will need to use teamwork and cooperation to prevail as winners.