First Grade Trees
In my first and second grade classes, I have six tables and one day recently I gave each table different materials. I invented something each table could build with those materials and then we rotated from table to table for the whole class. One table had interlocking cubes and the task was to build a tree.
So, here’s your STEM challenge for firsties: Read them a Christmas picture book, give them a bin of cubes, and tell them to make a Christmas tree. They will love it and so will you! It’s easy-prep and easy cleanup!
Brown Bag Trees
My favorite part of this one was watching all the clever ways the tree was used. Some groups rolled the bag and made a trunk. One group made a tree skirt out of the bag! (And, they knew it was called a tree skirt!)
They loved this challenge – especially dropping the packages to test their durability for being mailed. We broke a few cookies, but still ate them anyway! Yes, we ate them. I bought enough so that we could have a little snack after the challenge! Butter cookies are the best!