What's Going on in the Lab? Little Flippers!

Okay STEM and Science Friends!
Have I got something to share with you??!!
The other day I saw a photo of a flip book. Now, I have done these in the past. We used to stack paper and then move the edges of the papers about an inch apart, fold the stack in half, and then staple it at the top. This made the flaps of the flip book. (Say that threes times fast!)

Anyway, I saw these little flip or flap books, but they have little tabs on them! So, they look like file folders. It took about 2.5 minutes for me to draw some templates and then the next day we tried one of these with my third graders.
THEY LOVED THEM!
Take a look:
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
  This is just the most fun! We started with a set about the Scientific Method. And quickly added a set about STEM and then the Engineering Design Process.

For the Scientific Method we talked about each step of the method and why it is used or needed. Then kids were able to decorate their pages.
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
 Can you see that the scienitst pictured above is saying, "Hmmmm.....". She is thinking about her hypothesis! Too creative!
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
 Above is a scientist that is thinking about the questions of his experiment. The one below is the same page!
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?


STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
After going through all the pages of the flipper here is the easiest part of all. The next step is to cut the little pages out.
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
Super easy cutting and then to put them together all you need is a STAPLER! NO GLUE!
Oh my, you had me at "NO GLUE!"
I really dislike glue.
But these little flippers are just stapled together.
I'll pause while you mull that over.....
No glue oozing out. No glued together pages.
No glue on the desks.
No glued fingers.

Here's the other versions we tackled:
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?

STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?

STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
Those two sets were related to STEM.

And then you have to see this set! Oh my, I really love this one.
My third graders are studying about rocks and minerals and I just happen to have a set of 12 different rocks that I use every year to teach the rock cycle.
So, of course, I made a flipper about that!
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
 We watched a video about the rock cycle and then stopped to color and write about Igneous rocks.
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?

STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?

STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
 And then, the kids took my samples and tried to pull out the igneous rocks.
We did the same thing with the other kinds of rocks and then talked again about the rock cycle.
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
 Finished pages!
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
 Cut out and stapled together!
STEM and Science class Idea: Little Flipper books for jotting notes, illustrating, and science fun! These make great introductory lessons, review, or work for sub days! What will your kids draw to represent themselves as engineers or scientists?
My favorite page!

There you have it! These little pages have been a big, HUGE, hit in my lab! I like the simplicity. The kids like the creative parts. They go right along with lessons we are having.
Sounds like a win-win to me!

Thanks for joining me for this Wednesday edition. Come back next week for more:
Coming soon:
Marble Runs
Water Towers
Mystery Builds
Crossing the Chasm
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What's Going on in the Lab? Stacking Cups!

So glad you are here to see what we have been up to!
This week it's all about stacking cups!
STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!

When this challenge was first considered about two years ago I thought it sounded too much like Minute-to-Win-It! As much as I knew the kids would have fun, I also wanted this to have some educational value! Right?
Can't just have fun in school......

Anyway, I added the features of calculating mean, median, mode, and range.
Kids start with a couple of performance tasks that involve stacking cups, based on task rules.
STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!

STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!

STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!
Those photos all show my fourth graders doing the task about a week ago. They are using 3 ounce white plastic cups.
Now, let me tell you a little secret!
The first time we tried this challenge I used Styrofoam cups- because they are really cost efficient.
Here's an old photo:
STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!
These cups make spectacular stacks, but there's one BIG PROBLEM!
The static cling of Styrofoam cups will make you crazy. I mean bonkers, out of your mind, nuts! Just when the kids would get a stack ready to measure or count, the next cup would make a bunch under it slide and the whole thing would collapse.
We tried wiping them down with dryer sheets and washing our hands and nothing worked! They did get better after being used for about the second time- so I would suggest using OLD cups!

So, this year I invested in some little plastic cups! Good decision.

Another task has the kids predicting how many cups it will take to reach a specific height:
STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!

STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!
I made marks on our lab tables to use instead of meter sticks- only in the interest of time! You could add measurement to this challenge and really cover some math skills!

The last task has kids trying to build a stack, but they have to make it an unusual shape! Check these out:
STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!

STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!

STEM Challenge: This is one of our favorite lab events- It's all about stacking cups, but also calculating mean, median, mode, and range! The math is used after stacking competitions and is great for group work. Practice those skills, have some fun, and learn!

Overall, it's a really fun activity, but has just enough math in it to make it worth your time. The kids leave knowing how to calculate mean, median, mode, and range!
And how to stack some cups!


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Coming soon:
Marble Runs
Water Towers
Mystery Builds
Building Boxes

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