Challenge your students during STEM or Makerspace time to complete the Pixel Art Designs using whatever small motor materials you have on hand. 3 Levels of Design Cards mean that you can use this with ANY grade level of students. Tons of photos included and ideas for materials to use. Be sure to check out the images!
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The cards are color coded for the level.
Level 1- Black outline
Level 2- Blue outline
Level 3- Orange outline
1.Print, cut, laminate the cards in the levels of difficulty you want for your students.
2.Put the cards on a ring or in a task box.
The materials that can be used for these tasks are nearly limitless. They just need to be relatively small and have the right color selections.
1.Have a place in your classroom where you store these materials for quick access.
2.Challenge students to come up with resources to complete the designs.
Provide students with one of the Small Motor STEM Mats and the full pixel designs. Students will recreate the design using any material they have available.
Give students design constraints by limiting their materials and providing them the pixel designs that require them to finish the image by mirroring the other half.
Require students to go without the grid and recreate the designs with limited materials.
Students work in pairs where one holds the design card and dictates to the other student which color(s) to put in which spaces on the grid. Communication is key!
Table of Contents:
2-5 Getting Organized and How it Works
6 Small Motor STEM Recording Sheet
7-10 Vocabulary Cards
11-13 Small Motor STEM Mat Options
*In Separate Files, Levels 1-3 Design Cards
ISTE: 1.b, 1.c, 2.d, 4.b, 4.d
CSTA: CPP.L1:3-04, CPP.L1:6-05, CT.L1:3-03, CT.L1:6-01, CT.L1:6-02, CT.L2-07
NGSS: K-2-PS3-2, 3-5-ETS1-2
CC Math Standards: 2.G.2
CC ELA: SL.1.1, SL.1.2, L.1.6 SL.2.1, SL.2.2, L.2.6 SL.3.1. SL.3.3, L.3.6
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