This week in STEM we will be settling in, discussing expectations and SURFS behavior and learning the ropes. All of our STEM students have started using their Google Drive and Google Classroom. Both fourth and fifth grade students received their first Google classroom assignment. They are researching and taking notes to get background knowledge for their Scotties Trees Rocks Video. We have covered organizing notes using Google Docs. They will be creating a video for the contest that tells why trees are important. All students have started using xtramath.org to practice their math facts and we will soon be setting up teams for The Stock Market Game. We will be learning investment basics and each team will have $100,000 to invest. This is a year long project where students will have to review their investments and make decisions based on information and research. Fifth grade students will be taking iPads home to read "A Long Walk to Water" as part of their literature circle. Fifth grade has also started measuring the STEM room in metric measurement and they will be building a model using the 3D printer as part of their place value unit.