On the first day I included the "Saving Fred" activity that gave me a way to introduce the engineering design process. Kids in both my classes loved it! We spent some time afterward talking about the importance of teamwork and putting up a poster of what group work looks like.
The next day we did our first science experiment to begin learning the steps of the scientific method. Our question: Will soapy water or taco sauce clean a dirty penny? The majority were surprised to find that taco sauce is a better cleaner, and they came up with some very thoughtful explanations for the results.
I wrote last week about our pancake adventure - also on day two - so it was a busy beginning to the week. I found that those two days set a tone for the students that had them saying how much they love my classroom, that this must be a fun class, etc. They seemed to end the week with a lot of anticipation about what will come next. I can hardly wait to see them build towers for STEM on Wednesday!
If you are back in school, how is the beginning of your year going? Here in central Florida we are hoping not to have the second week disrupted by Tropical Storm Ericka!