Students love STEM activities! To them, this is a time they get out of their desks, use their creativity, and often work with others. Teachers secretly know students are also thinking critically, working on problem-solving skills, and learning to collaborate. So, incorporating fall STEM activities into lessons is a must-do! Best of all, STEM activities help students stay focused as their minds are thinking about Thanksgiving food and Christmas decorations!
This activity pack is the perfect way to combine STEM activities and reading skills!
There are 4 Partner Plays with 2 characters plus the narrator and 6 STEM challenges. Each story focuses on fall themes, such as Thanksgiving. As students read the story, they will learn about a challenge. This is a great way to make each STEM activity purposeful and authentic. After learning about the challenge, students will work on the STEM activity to see if they can solve it. There is even a STEM workbook for students to use as they create their solutions. This helps teach students about brainstorming, testing, making improvements, and analyzing final products.
As a bonus, all STEM challenges include photos of student examples and a simple material list.
Students will love building their literacy skills while working on fall STEM activities!
When looking for Thanksgiving craft ideas, this one offers tons of options! There are 8 easy art ideas, all with the theme of fall and Thanksgiving. Every project is easy to prepare without spending hours setting up.
All 8 projects include step-by-step photos and descriptions. Teachers can even print the page for students to reference while working.
After completing the craft, there are seasonal writing templates. These are perfect for early finishers, group writing projects, or a writing center.
Sadly, students often want to give up when a task becomes too hard. This is often because it is uncomfortable not to know how to do something. However, students need to know that feeling uncomfortable, making mistakes, and trying again is part of the learning process! This is why fall STEM activities are perfect to use! They teach students never to give up as they make changes and improve their creations.
Thankfully, this set of 16 STEM and growth mindset lessons creates a sense of familiarity with the unknown. The lessons incorporate fairy tales that students often know and love! This includes Little Red Riding Hood with a cookie catapult challenge and the Three Pigs with building a study horse. Similarly, there is one for The Elves and the Shoemaker, where students make a new shoe. Students will even create an escape tower for Rapunzel!
Students will begin with a Fairy Tale Partner Play that sets up the STEM challenge. After working on their literacy skills with the story, they will pull out the provided workbook and begin working on the challenge. Students will have so much fun reading, thinking critically, problem-solving, and collaborating in these fall STEM activities.
Students learn so much in school. While the academic focus is on core subjects, they also learn how to be kind, respectful, and caring community members. Thankfully, these fall STEM lessons help combine both aspects! Students will love solving an authentic problem set up in a story they love.
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