Moon Adventures STEM + Computer Science Grades PreK-2 - not including Bee-Bots

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Moon Adventures STEM+C will engage young learners in STEM and computer science through a set of seven themed Storytime STEM-packs and related computer science challenges. Bee-Bots are not included in this package.

 

1. Trip to the Moon

STEM+C Concept: Computer Science

Creating and Following Algorithms

This unplugged computer science activity starts with reading the book On the Moon (PreK-K) or If You Decide to Go to the Moon (Grades 1-2), creating excitement about a trip to the moon. Children then sequence a set of six Going to the Moon cards, justifying their proposed sequence. The activity concludes with a reenactment of a trip to the Moon, ending with everyone “walking” on the Moon.

 2. The Most Magnificent Thing, Grades PreK-2

STEM Concept: Engineering Design

Developing and Optimizing Design Solutions

This Storytime STEM-Pack includes all the materials you need to engage kids in an engineering design task that also explores the concept of properties of matter.  The activity is launched by reading the popular children's book, The Most Magnificent Thing, and talking about how the little girl l acted as an engineer. Children are then challenged to think about how to protect an astronaut in space. They work in groups of three to design and test two layers of a space suit, choosing from several materials and testing materials with a rock. Included in this set, you'll find:

  • Detailed instructions (i.e., lesson plan) for the learning activities
  • 1 roll aluminum foil
  • 1 roll of plastic wrap
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 packet of plastic sheeting
  • 1 packet of tissue paper
  • 1 plastic box with a rubber band and three different size rocks
  • 8 craft tubes
  • 4 rolls of clear tape
  • 1 Astronaut in Space Card (8.5x11)
  • 1 Testing Space Suit Materials Card (8.5x11)
  • 9 Protecting the Astronaut Cards (8.5x11)
  • 1 Engineering Design Concept Card (8.5x11)
  • A copy of The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The entire activity takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  This STEM-pack is suitable for grades PreK-2.

 3. Exploring Moon Craters

STEM+C Concept: Computer Science

Develop programs with sequences to address a problem

This computer science challenge starts with children revisiting pages with craters from the books and then sequencing a different set of six cards (Getting Ready to Walk on the Moon cards). Children then have an opportunity to become familiar with the robot (Bee-Bot), before completing the first challenge on the Bee-Bot Moon Mat, going from the Moon lander to one crater card (and back for older children). Children discuss the different strategies they used to determine how to program Bee-Bot. During the last part of the activity, children are using symbol cards (forward, backward, turn right, turn left, pause) to document Bee-Bots movements. Possible extensions with multiple crater cards are provided.

 4. Collecting Moon Rocks

STEM+C Concept: Computer Science

Develop programs with sequences to address a problem

This computer science challenge starts with children revisiting pages with moon rocks from the books and then sequencing a set of four cards (Brushing Teeth), or telling which card is missing, before coming up with their own sequence for a daily life experience. Next, the children program Bee-Bot to collect Moon rocks (cards), avoiding boulders (cards) for older children. To close, the children reflect and share how they worked as computer programmers, and what made them successful.  

 5. Finding Footprints on the Moon

STEM+C Concept: Computer Science

Develop programs with sequences to address a problem

This computer science challenge starts with children revisiting pages from the book with footprints on the moon surface and then asks children to program Bee-Bot to follow a “NASA Mystery Code”. If followed correctly, Bee-Bot lands on a square of the Moon Mat that has astronaut footprints. Next, children program their robot to “go home” along a masking tape line, after discussing strategies how to best program Bee-Bot to stop as close to the end of the line as possible. The activity concludes with a discussion on computing all around us in daily life.

Included in this set of four computer science challenges above, you'll find:

  • Detailed instructions (i.e., lesson plan) for each of the four the learning activities
  • 15 small magnet tiles
  • A set of small colored stickers
  • 25 small astronaut stickers
  • 24 index cards
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • Six Going to the Moon Sequence Cards (8.5x11)
  • Twelve sets of small Going to the Moon Sequence cards for children
  • Going to the Moon Re-Enactment Card (8.5x11)
  • Six Getting Ready to Walk on the Moon Sequence Cards (8.5x11)
  • Bee-Bot Instruction Card (8.5x11)
  • 18 Crater Cards (6x6)
  • 1 set of 32 Symbol Cards (3.75x3.75), forward, backward, right turn, left turn, pause
  • 6 sets of 32 Symbol Cards (2x2), forward, backward, right turn, left turn, pause
  • Four Brushing Your Teeth Sequence Cards (8.5x11)
  • 18 Moon Rock Cards (6x6)
  • 18 Boulder Cards (6x6)
  • 4 small Word Wall cards
  • Six Mystery Code Cards (8.5x11)
  • 12 paper copies of the Moon Mat (half sheet)
  • 1 paper copy of the Moon Mat (8.5x11)
  • A copy of On the Moon by Anna Milbourne
  • A copy of If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty
  • A set of 6 vinyl Moon Adventure Mats (30” x41”) formatted to be used with Bee-Bots

 

Each of the challenges takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  These computer science challenges are suitable for grades PreK-2.

 6. Margaret and the Moon, Grades PreK-2

STEM Concept: Mathematics

Counting and Place Value

This Storytime STEM-Pack includes all the materials you need to engage children in a mathematics activity that addresses the concepts of counting and cardinality (PreK-K) and place value and addition (Grades 1-2). For PreK-K, the activity is launched by reading the popular children’s book, Margaret and the Moon, followed by the children finding stars hidden in the room. Children then count and compare the number of stars they found, using a ten-frame card. For Grades 1-2, the activity is launched by reading the same book, followed by the children working in pairs to count a collection of 50 – 150 plastic stars. Included in this set, you'll find:

PreK-K

  • Detailed instructions (i.e., lesson plan) for the learning activities
  • 100 wooden stars
  • 12 half page ten-frame cards

Grade 1-2

  • Detailed instructions (i.e., lesson plan) for the learning activities
  • 500 star shaped pony beads
  • Twelve Hundreds Charts (8.5x11)
  • Twelve recording sheets (8.5x11)

PreK-2

  • One copy (total) of Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins

The entire activity takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  This STEM-Pack is suitable for grades PreK-2.

 7. Mae and the Moon, Grades PreK-2

STEM Concept: Science

Space Systems

This Storytime STEM-pack includes all the materials you need to engage kids in a science activity that addresses the concept of the Sun, Earth, Moon system, in particular the predictable pattern in which the shape of the moon as observed in the sky changes during the month. The activity is launched by reading the popular children’s book Mae and the Moon, followed by the children sequencing pictures of the full moon as it travels across the night sky. Children learn that the moon does not have a light on its own and model the phases of the moon. Included in this set, you'll find:

  • Detailed instructions (i.e., lesson plan) for the learning activities
  • White Styrofoam ball and flashlight
  • A set of beautifully illustrated Moon in the Night Sky cards (8.5x1), full moon in different positions in the sky throughout the night
  • Nine phases of the moon cards (8.5x11), showing waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent moon 
  • Four phases of the moon cards (8.5x11), full moon, gibbous moon, quarter moon, crescent moon
  • A copy of Mae and the Moon by Jamie Gigot

The entire activity takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  This STEM-pack is suitable for grades PreK-2.