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For our last Toy Story STEAM Mania activity, in Y5 and T1 we started off with reading the book Toy Story 2. The students have really enjoyed the Toy Story stories we have started with before our activities. After reading the story, we built towers to keep the aliens safe, like how in the story Woody's friends tried to keep Woody safe so that he wouldn't be sent off to Japan. I kept this activity simple and had to review what a tower was so students knew to build their structure up, instead of wide across the floor (next time I think I would show them some pictures of different kinds of towers - this seemed a bit confusing for them). Students became quite creative and we had hot tubs at some towers (thank you blue planks!), full bedrooms, and even dining room tables. They really enjoyed building with a partner and coming up with a structure together. I bet they will be a bit disappointed that next week we are moving on to something new - which is a great sign of engagement!
This week was Rock Your School Week, and boy did we rock out our kickoff to Toy Story STEAM Mania in our STEAM classes! I am planning on doing a Toy Story STEAM Mania theme over the next couple of weeks with my Y5, T1, and 4th grade classes, so this was a perfect week to kick it off!
In 4th grade, I set up a room transformation for Pizza Planet. I only teach in the STEAM room a couple hours a week, so I couldn't set everything up the way I wanted to, but for a 45-minute set up, I would say it wasn't too bad! The reaction the kids gave when they walked in and saw the lights off, laser lights on, and the decorations around the room was great. It is amazing how some lighting, poster board, and a giant pizza float can change the environment.
For the STEAM challenge, students had to complete Lookout Tower Missions. They had to build towers with popsicle sticks and then see how many items (aliens, army men, or monkeys) could balance on their tower. They had building requirements for each mission (base shape/height), and that seemed to be the most challenging part of the activity. The struggle was real for awhile before students began to have many forward fails in how they could stack the clothespins. Once the got the hang of it, it was simply meeting the height requirement and then trying to balance the objects on the tower without knocking it over. This was definitely a challenge for them, but so worth the productive struggle!
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