Back to School Rules FREEBIE STEM Challenge

Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
Formats Included
  • Zip
14 pages


What a fabulous Back to School Activity this one turned out to be! To help students become familiar with our STEM classroom rules we designed a challenge using those rules! Students engineer a scene, using the materials, to show one of the rules and then the team "teaches" the rule to the whole class! So fun!

NOTE: This challenge is available as the perfect combination with a Back to School Escape Room!

In this challenge, students will have some easy materials to use in designing a model of one of your classroom rules. Each group chooses a rule and then plans together to show the rule in action and then teach it to the rest of the class.

This challenge is described using two versions. In Version 1 every group receives the same materials and must create the rules model. In Version 2 students complete a scavenger hunt to earn their materials. For each correct answer, they will receive one of the materials! This provides an interesting twist to the challenge- especially if you do not get all the supplies!

You will need materials in addition to this package. This includes: foil, craft sticks, straws, construction paper, small cups, and masking tape.

This package will give you a list of materials, preparation ideas, and then step-by-step procedures to make this a successful event. This is a shortened version of STEM Challenges you can find at Teachers are Terrific with only 3 pages of teacher directions and 2 pages of photos. Look for longer and more detailed instructions with the large selection of challenges right here in my store!

The package specifically includes:

  • Teacher background
  • Materials and preparation
  • 3 pages of teacher directions
  • Constraints page
  • Student lab sheet and a sample answer sheet
  • 2 pages of photos
  • Terms of Use page

Here’s the best news! All forms for this challenge are provided in an editable format!

YOUR PREP: This challenge has two versions of distributing materials. In Version 1 each team will receive the same materials. In Version 2, students complete a Scavenger Hunt first and then receive materials based on correct answers. Version 1 is the easiest to prep. Just fill the materials bins with the materials. Version 2 will take a little longer since you may have to use the editable scavenger hunt file to create a list of questions to suit your classroom.

Enjoy this freebie and please contact me if you need anything! And don't forget that this works perfectly with an Escape Room and it is included in that resource:

A similar challenge is available in a digital format:

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What are teachers saying about this challenge?

  • "What a great way to start the year and engage them and have them be a part of the rules. Thanks for making it free as well. Awesome lesson!"
  • "A great student-centered idea for teaching classroom rules! A copy that can be edited is also provided."


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