STEM Activity for 2nd Grade: Self Identity Box

Our 2nd graders built a foldable box that contained objects that represented who they were. This project incorporated social studies, engineering, science and mathematics.

In design class, Becca Goess and I helped students build and design their foldable boxes. We first had them learn about measurements to gain an understanding of the size and dimensions of their box.

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Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”:
Background Music by Ryan Little “Slow Down”:

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How to Create a Professional Logo

This video was created for my 3rd grade class. After drawing their logo, they needed to take a picture of it and upload it to their Google Drive. Finally they used Google Drawing to create their logos.

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Intro Music 1 by Kevin Macleod “Pamgaea”
Intro Music 2 by Ryan Little “Falling Down”:

Virtual Museum Template Using Apple’s Keynote

Virtual museums are great digital tools that students can use to show what they know and what they are able to do. They can demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating exhibits about any academic subject or topic. It is also a way to enhance learning and provides visitors an augmented, interactive learning experience.

My colleague, Javier Hernandez, presented a PD on virtual museums using Apple’s Keynote. I thought I would create my own version for my students to use. If you would like to try out my Keynote Virtual Museum template, please click on this link:

Students first get to choose one of the six Museum slides and then type in the name of their museum, for example, Virtual South Korea Cultural Museum.screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-23-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-25-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-27-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-29-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-30-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-32-pm

After entering the museum, you arrive at the “Lobby” where you can access different rooms by clicking on the arrows. For the 5th grade project, rooms 1-6 would be designated for specific topic of a world culture (ex. beliefs, arts, and customs).


When you click on the a “Room” arrow, you will be taken to a room that holds multiple exhibits. Here students can insert images of their museum piece onto the designated boxes and rename the text appropriately. You will also find a “Lobby” arrow on each slide if you wish to choose to enter another room.


You can click on these designated boxes and the Artifact text boxes in the room and it will send you to the Artifact slide. The slide below is what will appear. You can provide an image/video and detailed information about the museum piece.


Make sure students fill out the “Reference” slide when referring resources in their work!


And finally, the “Curator’s Office” slide is where students can provide an image of themselves, as well as provide a short description about themselves.


Again for those of you who would like to try out my Virtual Museum template, please click on this link:

Hope you enjoy the educational tool!