Here in Wisconsin, we get tornadoes. We practice tornado drills. We practiced to remind ourselves why we take shelter. We talked about lightening and rain and how we protect ourselves. We then focused on the sun and the many ways we protect ourselves from getting too hot or sunburned. We read the EPIC Book...
Two major NGSS standards can be met with this activity in a simple science way!
K-PS3-1. Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
2. Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.
Here is what we did...We made sun protection for our Beanie Babies! I love their creativity! I set up the STEM Store at our supply table with the following:
*styrofoam cups and bowls (they are easy to poke a hole in)
*milk cartons (easy to get at school)
*toilet paper and paper towel tubes (ask the janitor to save them for you...)
*Beanie Babies (I have small ones that McDonald's had...they work great!)
*I also put out a bucket of sand on blue paper so it looks like it is at the beach! They put their protectors in the sand then for the full effect!
|STEM supplies at the STEM Store!|
|One of the many sun protectors that were made!|
This is a fun and easy way to add non-fiction reading, NGSS standards, and a STEM project to your day!