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Laura Kenny

    Incorporating hands-on classroom themed activities is an effective way to engage younger students and enhance their understanding of basic STEM concepts. One activity is the “Plant a Seed” exercise. This activity involves students planting seeds, nurturing them, and observing their growth. Through this project, students learn about plant life cycles, the importance of sunlight and water, and basic plant care.

    To connect this lesson to the weather, we would discuss how weather affects plant growth. Key concepts would include how sunlight provides energy for plants to grow, how rain provides water, and how temperature and wind influence plant growth.

    In the classroom, we would start with a story about plants and their growth – ‘The Tiny Seed’, then discuss what plants need to grow, emphasizing weather elements like sunlight and rain. Students would plant cress seeds, water them, and place them in a sunny spot. They would observe and record changes, using drawings and simple words. We would also track daily weather and discuss its impact on plant growth.

    To integrate a STEM-focused SSE, I would use a simple evaluation framework. This could involve students drawing predictions before planting and comparing them to actual results. We could also use a weather chart to record daily observations and discuss patterns. Gathering student feedback through class discussions would help gauge engagement and understanding.

    Using digital tools like a class blog for students to post pictures and share observations can enhance the learning experience. This approach makes learning interactive and fun, while fostering observational and communication skills in a supportive environment.

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