2nd Graders were reading about the Rain Forest, so in STEAM they made a model of a Rain Forest. Each group made a different layer of the Rain Forest and then we taped our boxes together. We also had students make pipe cleaner animals. We connected our animals to a Makey Makey, and learned how to program them in Scratch! When our Makey Makey is attached to our animals, we can touch them and they make their animal noise! We learned a lot about the Rain Forest and circuitry in this unit!
When students create a computer program they are creating an algorithm or listing the steps needed for something to happen. Students also use algorithms in mathematics; in this case the algorithms would be the steps taken to divide fractions or multiply decimals. Students were challenged to create a program in Scratch that reteaches a math concept. By elaborating on their understanding of the math by teaching the concept to others, this will help them store this skill in their long term memory!
Here are their final products: