Sweet STEM Lessons
Sweet STEM Lessons
Posted on 12/18/2018
Article and photos courtesy: Jennifer Gortney, Fairview Elementary

What do graham crackers, icing, and map skills have in common? Ask any second grader at Fairview Elementary School and they will gladly tell you about the Gingerbread Villages they constructed!

Students used #STEM skills to construct an edible village complete with houses, roads, ponds, and other important components of a community.“I drew my own idea for a football field, and then labeled what we could use to build it. It was so much fun to get to make it all,” explained Maddox Sherrill.

This culminating activity allowed students to draw from their geometry, geography, and government services knowledge from prior units. Additionally, students read multiple versions of the classic folktale, "The Gingerbread Man," and identified the challenges characters faced and how they responded.“Gingerbread Village is a great way to incorporate English language arts, math, and social studies standards while also encouraging teamwork and building community,” said Allison Lawing, a second-grade teacher at Fairview.

Friends and family were invited to a Gingerbread Open House on Thursday. “Absolutely amazing,” and “how creative!” were just a few of the comments overheard as parents snapped photos of the villages.
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