Not a member? Join for FREE
Home

Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge

1,993 Downloads
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge
Grade Levels
Resource Types
Product Rating
4.0
Teachers Pay Teachers
PDF (Acrobat) Document File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
0.33 MB   |   4 pages

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Let the kids play with gumdrops to build a structure with toothpicks, that will hold a book. I include in this file a through teacher's guide to show how this activity can be used with kindergartners all the way up to high school at varying levels of inquiry.

This file includes 2 pages of teacher instructions, a student handout for K-3, and a handout for 4-12.

Materials needed for this activity; per student or pair of students; 20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops, with a paper plate as a work surface.

I've done this activity with little ones and with teachers at professional development workshops. Its up to you what parameters you put on the students. The more parameters, the more difficult the challenge. Want to make it even more challenging? Add a time limit, or assign material "costs."

Would love your feedback on this engineering activity.

Darci the STEM Mom
Total Pages
4
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
30 Minutes

Average Ratings

4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
4.0
Total:
7 ratings

Comments & Ratings

n/a
4.0
Total:
4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
On  March 13, 2014,  Buyer said:
Fantastic!
n/a
4.0
Total:
4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
On  December 30, 2013,  Buyer said:
Plan to use this, thanks :)
n/a
4.0
Total:
4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
On  December 3, 2013,  Buyer said:
Great fun and challenge for the kids. Nicely presented for the students. Thank you.
4.0
Total:
4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
On  September 7, 2013Gwendolyn Huggins (TpT Seller) said:
Love this challenge
n/a
4.0
Total:
4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
On  April 20, 2013,  Buyer said:
This looks like I could use it with the new Next Generation Science Standards for Engineering component for 2nd Grade. Thanks.
n/a
4.0
Total:
4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
On  March 12, 2013,  Buyer said:
Fantastic! I appreciate your inclusion of various levels of inquiry. I'm going to put gumdrops on my shopping list!
On  March 12, 2013STEM Mom answered:
Excellent. I think it helps for teachers to see that with only minor modifications an "OK" activity can become inquiry, and a LOT more fun! Seeing it written out is helpful I think! It also allows for differentiated instruction (to use a buzz word). Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback!

Dr. Darci the STEM Mom
Teachers Pay Teachers
n/a
4.0
Total:
4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
On  March 4, 2013,  Buyer said:
Thank you so much for this download! I am planning to do a gumdrop build project with my summer camp STEM class. This is PERFECT. It is so much more organized than what I had planned. Thanks again and I wish I could give it a higher rating than an "A".
On  March 4, 2013STEM Mom answered:
Oooohhhh. Thanks for that great compliment! And I'm totally jealous, a STEM camp? Really? Can I come? You may want to check out my blog, where I have posted 6 similar STEM lessons, all with free downloads. Activities include a bricklaying activity, elbow joint model challenge, paper table challenge, living/non inquiry lab, mortar testing activity, and more. There's sure to be something else you might be able to use in your summer camp! I'd love to know how it goes!

http://www.stemmom.org/2013/02/stem-mom-at-minnesota-state-teacher.html

Darci the STEM Mom
Teachers Pay Teachers
Please log in to post a question.

Product Questions & Answers

n/a
On  August 25, 2013,  Buyer asked:
You wrote in the instructions that the pentagon house is "not the answer". So then what is the answer?
Teachers Pay Teachers
On  August 25, 2013STEM Mom answered:
Hi, thanks for following up with that question. What I meant by "not the answer" meaning that there are lots of ways to make structure that holds a book, a pentagon isn't the "only answer" and that kids should be praised for any gumdrop/toothpick structure that holds up a book meets the challenge! You see what I mean?

Darci the STEM Mom
FREE
Digital Download
User Rating: 4.0/4.0
 (100 Followers)
FREE
Digital Download
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge
Gumdrop Structure Inquiry Challenge