-Who: Meghan, Playground ParkBench -What: Educational lessons for various ages -When: March 10, 2016 -Where: Playground Parkbench -Why: Connects students to text, lesson combines teamwork and creativity, engineering. This lesson includes reading a book and then creating a bridge for the elephants to cross!

Build A Bridge for 21 Elephants

Do you know the story of the Brooklyn Bridge? This fun book for kids tells the tale featuring PT Barnum, a circus and 21 elephants. It also inspired this week's Engineering Science for Kids challenge - build a bridge to hold 21 elephants! A great STEM

Is it magnetic? center activity. Love this!

Primary level science station for magnets. "Is it magnetic?" This sorting science station is appropriate for pre-k, kindergarten, primary grades, or preschool. With younger children be careful to ensure items size isn't a choking hazard.

“A nest building #learninginvitation with cinnamon playdough, natural materials, yarn, and little eggs and chicks to extend our bird inquiry …”

A nest building learning investigation and sensory exploration with cinnamon playdough, natural materials, yarn, and little eggs and chicks to extend our bird inquiry. Good for a Science center

Rock Inquiry Provocation. Lots of other Reggio-inspired science and math provocations. (Living-Non-living, I see, I think, I wonder)

Rock Inquiry Provocation: using rocks, books, magnifying glasses, art and writing materials and mirrors to explore rocks.

Provocations (Reggio)

cherry blossoms provocation

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest. Great activity based on the book "More" by I.C. Springman (There are some fantastic lessons here!)

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest. Great activity based on the book "More" by I. Excellent preschool lesson for spring (we can talk about bird nests AND spring cleaning!

Provocation, "What Letters Can You Make With Wire?" (from Wonders in Kindergarten, Ana Marie Ralph on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BBItSCLJH2J/?taken-by=anamariaralph)

This can be used as a build a word option on literacy menus"What Words Can You Make With." Switch out the materials every 2 weeks.

'Can you paint the rain?'... collaborative art (drip painting?) shared by Madi Hayles ‏(MadiHayles on Twitter) (",)

Madi Hayles on

'Can you paint the rain? Have students problem solve and come up with their own method for painting the rain

Inquiring Minds: Mrs. Myers' Kindergarten: Investigating the Colors of Leaves

We have some beautiful Ash trees on our playground that turn the most amazing colors in the Fall! The kids started noticing them and bringin.

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