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We’ve created structured activities to develop structured kite-oriented STEM/STEAM thinking (Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math). We’ve described each activity and connected it to NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and/or Common Core Standards. We recognize that many locales in the United States recognize local standards which may supersede these. Fundamentally, kites are highly engaging and a great platform for STEAM. Whatever your standards targets, you can’t go wrong with kites.
Many of the activities are adaptable to small group work and peer to peer sharing of results. Of course, the decision about how, when, and where to do those things is up to you and how you run your classroom. Does every student build a kite or do they work in pairs? Similarly, does every student open up their own computer to study an internet site or do you do it as a group or as an entire class?
As highly experienced teachers, we acknowledge that the best teaching occurs when teachers locate curriculum and modify it to best serve their students. While you are welcome to use our materials as we present them, they are NOT set in stone. Please adapt and modify as needed.
We’d love to hear from you about what worked and what was less successful. Send us a message and any photos you would like to share to email@example.com.