Learning Through Links

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Every Friday, fifth-graders in Jennifer Baumeister’s class and third-graders in Annamarie Polito’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School team up for different hands-on STEM activities.

The students work together with their buddy to strategize, communicate and problem-solve the different activities presented each week. On Nov. 17, the students gathered together to determine the best way to construct the longest paper chain link. After getting two pieces of construction paper, a ruler, scissors and just 12 inches of tape, students were given 10 minutes to plan their design along with their buddy. They then had 15 minutes to construct the longest chain, being careful to make sure each link was secure before the teachers measured it. Some groups constructed chains of more than 70 inches long.