Once upon a time… I was a classroom teacher. Third grade!
Then one summer I made the switch to be a specialist- the STEM Lab teacher.
Our students had never had STEM. So, I knew I was going to have to open the first few classes with a sure “hook” to get them interested and excited. With my fourth graders, we tried Paper Airplanes and that was spectacular. With 5th grade, we tried a rescue device that was really fun.
And, with third graders, I tried Blow Tubes.
Yep, you read that right.
Now, before you think I was totally crazy, let me explain.
It’s all about Newton’s Laws of Motion!
Back to Newton…
Basically, the longer the tube the longer you can blow the pom-pom. Therefore, it will travel farther. (Yes, that is very simplified language, but remember, I tried this challenge with third graders. At the beginning of the year…)
This challenge was a definite hook for my third graders. They loved the blowing and measuring. I loved all the skills we covered and the busy-ness of this challenge. Kids were in constant motion. I also love data tables….
I mentioned several activities in this post so if you want to read more, click on the titles below: