As part of this night, I asked some teachers if they could help facilitate rooms and activities. One of the activity rooms took place in the gym, as Physical Education and STEAM can walk hand in hand. Turns out, this was idea starter for our K-2 PE teacher! She had the idea to combine her K-2 PE classes (teacher: Andrea Donovan) with the K-2 STEAM classes (teacher: Sonna Pohlson) for a week-long unit of STEAM and PE activities. The two teachers asked if I would be willing to help them plan and you know my answer was a big YES!!! This was truly a fun and unique learning experience for the students. The teachers have already said they can't wait to do more collaborations together!
Below is a video capturing some of the activities that took place throughout the week. I wasn't able to be there for all of the different activities, but what I was able to observe and be a part of was PHENOMENAL! Keep on reading below the video to see some of the activities they implemented.
Lesson #1 - Coding Hopscotch
Lesson #2 - Human Catapults
Lesson #3 - Shadow Game
Lesson #4 - STEAM Explore
The first option for this activity was Cup Stacking. Students were separated into six squads and they were competing against the other squads. Squads lined up at one end of the gym, and a bucket of cups was on the opposite end. Students ran a relay back and forth, grabbing one cup each time. When they brought their cup back to their group, they had to assemble the cups in a pyramid. This really got them moving and each group decided how they would stack their cups (one designated person vs. the runner stacking their own cup on the way back from retrieval).
The other activities that the teachers used due to shortened class times were a couple of videos that reinforced some of their PE concepts and how STEAM is a part of those concepts.