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Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

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Celebrating the State of Rhode Island with STEM !

“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” Ms. Frizzle 

We really love participating in hands-on, engaging activities that allow us to use our imaginations, be creative, and extend our learning. That’s exactly why we love STEM! 

I recently recorded a podcast episode called STEM Design Process Made Simple and explained how I have learned through the years to integrate STEM in to my classroom in a simple, yet highly engaging, and effective way.

If you have ten minutes to listen click here and enjoy! The Educate the Heart podcast is now available on 7 platforms for your convenience and I’m really grateful for that! Thank you so much to all of you who have become regular listeners for all your support and feedback!!!! 

We recently studied cultural landmarks in my second grade classroom and had so much fun recreating them. My class really enjoyed designing the landmarks  using one particular set of building bricks from STEM Supplies!

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As you can see this student recreated the Sydney Opera House! He loved using this Brick Lab Brick Set in vibrant colors.

And the bricks really are so bright, colorful, and cheerful! The children wanted to use them to recreate landmarks and special things to represent what they love about our own state- Rhode Island. 

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We studied the USA and especially RI earlier in the year, but yesterday we read the book, R is for Rhode Island Red: A Rhode Island Alphabet Book, to refresh our memories and inspire us to create. 

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The children used this set , construction paper, scissors, scotch tape, crayons, markers, and a lot of imagination to create things they love in RI.

They made the Roger Williams Park and Zoo. We are really grateful to have such a beautiful and diverse zoo right here in Providence!  

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We love our beaches in Rhode Island! 

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Del’s Lemonade is a brand of frozen lemonade which originated here in Rhode Island but is now found worldwide. The Del’s Story is actually quite inspiring and you can read it here.

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Our state flower is the violet and this student was so excited to make it with these vibrant bricks

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Rhode Islanders are proud that of the 150 remaining original American wooden carousels, 3 can be found within the borders of our little Ocean State. 

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Rhode Island is currently the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox and one student began to create McCoy Stadium. He is going to finish it after April Vacation.  

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This one set of Brick Lab Bricks was enough for all the children to design all the creations you see here at the same time.  

We also used these bricks for a STEM challenge in which the children had to use exactly 30 bricks each, in only 2 colors, and create the tallest ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ they could in 5 minutes.

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More ( 10 minutes worth)  about STEM challenges, as well as basics and tips here

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today and taking the time to see what we are working on in grade 2!  

I hope you found this post worthwhile. I’d love to connect further so feel free to leave me a comment, email, or even a link if you have something to share.  

I will be sure to get back to you in a timely fashion. 

Yours truly, 

Jennifer  

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