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Welcome to my blog! I am a second grade teacher from Northern Virginia who loves to bring my creativity to the classroom! I believe in fostering a love of learning, creating a positive classroom community, STEM intergration, teaching with technology, and giving students choice!

MakerSpace 101

Having a MakerSpace in your elementary school classroom is a rewarding experience for both students and teachers alike! In this post we take a look at what a MakerSpace is, how to set one up in your classroom, and making your MakerSpace relevant to your students and curriculum. 

Below are some images of my classroom MakerSpace and ways that I organize MakerSpace Materials. The numbered drawers represent student numbers. This is where students store their building and project materials. 

Here are some helpful building materials and tools that you might want to use in your classroom's Makerspace.

The MakerSpace is a specific center in my classroom. It is a center that is used during Guided Math, as well as a choice for Reading Centers. There are many benefits to having the MakerSpace set up as a center in your classroom. 

Throughout the school year my students work on completing entire STEM projects, task cards, and challenges at the MakerSpace. They work individually, in pairs, and as a whole group at times depending on the assignment. Before creating  a task card or challenge for my Makerspace I ask myself, "What skill do I want my students to demonstrate their knowledge of? Will they be meeting specific criteria or solving a problem with this task?"

The following are examples of simple (& not super pretty!) task cards I created for my students. It is nothing fancy- just index cards!

I typically start our math units with a simple concept at the Makerspace. For this exploration students had to create something with one line of symmetry using building materials like K'Nex, Legos, and other supplies. The following day I had them create something with one line of symmetry by using paper as a building material. Then the next day they could chose their medium for creating, but their creation had to have 2 or more lines of symmetry. Try creating tasks that act as stepping stones for students. Not all Makerspace creations are taken home depending on the supplies used for creating. Ex: K'Nex creations are not taken home, but the paper creations were!

Check out my Makerspace Products & STEM Products located in my TPT Store! 

Happy Teaching!

-Ashley from Talkin Pinata Teaching

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