The new science standards have been tough to maneuver this year. One strand that kept coming up in each unit was a stem project. Stem was very new to me but I decided, along with my 1st grade team to go for it. In December we did a mini-unit on Nutcrackers. We were taking the kids to go see the Nutcracker play and thought, why not do a lesson on nutcrackers. But the best part of all was that the kids would be making a nutcracker at home with their families. The results were amazing! We told the that the nutcracker should be able to crack just a regular peanut or a gold fish (for those allergy classrooms). The families went above and beyond. We got some great responses back from our families.
Here are some pictures!!!