We had another two part lesson in STEM today working on making seed tape and inspecting the tiny creatures in our compost pile.
To make seed tape students had to use a ruler to measure out a 1'x2" strip of paper. They labeled the paper with the name of the seeds, Marigolds, and marked out spaces to glue the seeds three inches apart. We made paste out of flour and water and painted the strip. We then stuck the seeds to the strip of paper and let them dry in the sun. This would be a great project to do with seeds that need to be spaced like carrots. Another use is to have the seeds line beds and create borders for the garden. This works on students math skills and using a ruler.
Our second group was outside with Mr. Pike looking at our compost. Students dug through bins full of compost with popsicle sticks (to protect the worms). We then had a compost bingo sheet. A student would check off the critters they found by digging through the compost pile. We had students read aloud the description whenever a new creature was discovered!