Helping students get off to a good start is vital to ensuring their success throughout their early learning and beyond. Our elementary curriculum is focused on building a solid foundation for the concepts and principles that will be expanded upon and explored in higher grades.
These research-based lesson plans and open-ended activities combine play with education to keep the students focused, motivated, and achieving their goals. To this end, we are proud to offer a comprehensive K-5 Geometry Track and a comprehensive K-1 Measurement and Data Track.
Learn more about these and about the rest of our elementary STEM curriculum below.
Understanding the numbers and number system is integral to a strong future in mathematics and so we’ve developed a series of kits to accomplish this. From our Touch Numbers Kit, which utilizes kinesthetic learning to reinforce not only cardinality, but also addition and multiplication, to our Number Dot Coins Kit, which allows students to see beyond typical patterns of dots. Combine these with our hands-on, exploratory Teeter Totter Balance Kit, and students will have ample opportunities to build a solid foundation for which all mathematics is built on.
Know number names and amounts, count sequences and objects, and compare numbers.
Building a strong foundation in geometry at an early age prepares students for the more challenging geometry they’ll face in middle and high school, and so we’ve prepared a comprehensive curriculum track devoted to covering every K-5 Geometry standard. This research-based curriculum track focuses on conceptual understanding of shapes, attributes, and their relationships to each other. The curriculum also focuses on decomposing and partitioning, therefore bridging geometry to other mathematical principles such as fractional reasoning and area through hands-on manipulatives. MyStemKits also provides supplemental kits and curriculum to further develop students’ understanding of these concepts.
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Identify, describe, compare, and classify 2D and 3D shapes by their attributes. Distinguish between defining and non-defining attributes. Compose, and decompose shapes into their parts to build an understanding of composite shapes, angles, area, and partitions (equal shares). Draw and identify, lines, rays, and segments and classify shapes by the properties of their line segments and angles. Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world problems.
Integral to student success, measurement and data proves to be a necessary bridge between all the other K-5 math standards. Our Exploring Measureable Attributes and Animal Attributes Kits both develop a foundation in comparing distinct attributes and introduce graphing as a way to organize objects while our Volume and Area Units Kits (Metric and Customary) help to visually reinforce the relationships between area, multiplication arrays, and volume. We’ve begun development of a comprehensive curriculum track, and have released our complete Kindergarten curriculum as well as the beginning of our 1st Grade curriculum track as well.
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Describe, classify, and compare objects by distinct measurable attributes. Utilize length, area, and volume measurement to solve problems and develop the relationships between such measurement and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Convert like measurement units. Understand and work with angles, time, and money. Organize, represent, and interpret data and introduce graphing.
From developing a solid understanding of the base ten number system to developing confidence utilizing and comparing fractions, decimals, and percentages, this category of math standards prepares students for the more advanced math in middle and high school. To that end, we’ve directed our kits and curriculum to create a two-fold approach. We start by reinforcing base ten with kits such as our Ten Dot Frame Kit, and develop that into an understanding of place value by composing and decomposing numbers with our Ones, Tens, and Hundreds Kit. Later, we introduce students to fractions and decimals with our exploratory and intuitive Portions of a Whole and Decomposing Shapes Kits, while supplementing with low-pressure hands-on investigations such as with our Pizza Fractions Kit.
Understand place value and apply to arithmetic problems within 1000. Utilize skip counting, rounding, and multi-digit arithmetic for whole numbers and decimals. Develop an understanding of fractions as portions of whole numbers, explain fraction equivalence and ordering, and foster an understanding of the relationship between fractions and decimals.
Forming the foundation for algebraic reasoning, developing a firm understanding of operations and helping students become comfortable using operations to address progressively more complex problems is vital to their success in mathematics beyond elementary school. In order to develop this confidence, we provide a range of kits, including our Number and Operator Coins Kit, which allows for low-pressure learning of all operations as well as our Stacking Blocks and Tables & Chairs Kits, which are useful for developing pattern recognition. Moreover, we’ve focused on increasing automaticity in multiplication and division with our Prime Numbers, Multiplication Tables, and Multiplication Facts Kits.
Understand and apply addition and subtraction, multiplication, and division within 100. Solve word problems using order of operations and explaining arithmetic patterns and relationships.
In an ever-more-technical world, the demand for individuals with computer science knowledge is rapidly increasing. No matter what grade you start introducing students to computer science and coding, there are essential kits that build the foundation of computer science to help along the way. From our Binary Conversion Kit, which introduces students to how computers communicate, alternate number systems, and magnetism, to our Logic Gate and Flow Chart Stencils, which help students plan out their code on paper before getting caught up in the coding language, we are proud to provide these stepping stones. Moreover, we are developing intentionally interdisciplinary lesson plans which integrate cross-curricular themes from math and science fields, such as by using coding to explore the phases of the moon with our Moon Stages Kit.
Compare and contrast hardware and software. Develop instructions for completing simple tasks using a series of small steps and translate into coding procedures. Utilize computational thinking to solve real-world problems in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Write algorithms and solve questions individually and collaboratively using models. Systematically test and identify logical errors in algorithms. Understand the responsible use of technology and information.
Laying the foundations for advanced earth and space science, the elementary kits and lesson plans devoted to this field focus on visually and kinesthetically displaying natural phenomenon clearly. Investigate weather patterns with our Weather Front Beads Kit, and how different locations on earth experience light and seasons based on the angle and rotation of the earth with our Earth Rotations Kit. Continue exploring with a bird’s eye view of the moon’s orbit to find out why the moon appears to change shape over the course of a month. Then, keep zooming out to explore the entire solar system with our to-scale model of the planets, rings, and Earth’s moon.
Develop an understanding of patterns and variations in weather, including seasons. Design and investigate various solutions to particular weather hazards. Connect water, ice, wind, and vegetation to their effects on the shape of the land. Design solutions to slow or prevent weathering and erosion, as well as the impacts of such processes on humans. Analyze and interpret data from maps. Observe, describe, and predict some patterns of the movement of objects in the sky. Observe and explain patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the sky.
Investigate plants, animals, and their lifestyles with our assortment of elementary life science kits. Develop food chains and food webs to follow the transfer of energy from organism to organism or investigate differences between and within species with our Ant Farm and Bird Beaks Kits. Explore their interactions with our Seed Dispersal and Species Interactions Kits. Analyze the relationships between animals and their environments and look for specific traits that give hints as to their lifestyles with our Animal Teeth Kit and its Aquatic and Prehistoric Expansions. Then, have students create their own creatures with our Creature Feature Kits and determine the environment and lifestyle most likely for that organism based on its physical characteristics. Finally, students will be fascinated at the adaptability of species over time as they look into our Darwin’s Finches Kit and determine various environmentally-induced changes with our Moths Kit.
Determine the needs that various plants and animals have to survive and the correlation between such and where they live. Compare the diversity of life in different habitats and in different times. Compare past and present plants, animals, and environments and be familiar with the organisms that lived long ago. Understand that organisms either move, adapt, or die when their environment changes, and that a change in environment can sometimes affect the traits that an organism develops. Develop an understanding of the impact light has on life and how the energy from the sun is transferred through the food web to supply energy to animals. Investigate the interactions between plants and animals and how plants sometimes rely on animals for seed dispersal and pollination. Observe similarities and differences between species (plants and/or animals) and their corresponding offspring, and how certain traits may be beneficial for survival.
Roll, glide, float, or fly into fun with our interactive physical science kits! From ramps and marble tracks to catapults and boats, we’ve got all the festive activities you need to keep your students moving and interested in the physical sciences. Whether you’re investigating pushes and pulls with our Hoverpuck Kit or transferring energy with our Ballista/Force Generator Kit, you’ll never be without options. Decorate and launch rockets, or set up challenges for our Pencil Catapult Kit. Observe separations of mixtures with our Chromatography Paper Holder Kit and discover variation in sound waves through vibration with our music-integrated Chordophone Kit.
Evaluate and explain different types of motion. Understand the effects of pushes and pulls on objects and evaluate using qualitative terms. Apply their knowledge of these effects to design solutions. Develop an understanding of waves, sound, and light, and build the connection between sound waves and vibrating materials. Observe and classify materials and states of matter. Understand energy and its relation to motion, and explore transfer of energy using various methods including sound, light, heat, electric currents, or collisions. Apply these understandings to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.