When coordinating STEM curriculum for grades 1-5, I am always looking for new ways to incorporate STEM in ways that won't require teachers to do a lot of prep or organization.
With this pack, all the work is done for you!
I've also added a few other components that make this bundle format different from others you may have used.
→ What makes this set different?
I've incorporated GROWTH MINDSET components right into the STEM projects!
STEM and Growth Mindset concepts complement and reinforce each other perfectly, so teaching them together is a perfect match!
I've observed that during STEM challenges, students face frustrations and disappointments as they invent and test ideas. A growth mindset is essential - and it's the perfect time to discuss it!
Here's how it works:
The lesson begins with a funny, easy to read, PARTNER PLAY based on the story of Rapunzel.
While reading the 3 page script, students will see that the Prince shows his Growth Mindset, while poor Rapunzel shows her Fixed Mindset.
Students become familiar with the contrast between growth and fixed mindsets as the characters try to solve problems, and deal with failures.
Students write in their Growth Mindset workbooks as they discuss and collaborate. There are sorting, writing, and reflection pages.
Each Growth Mindset Fairy tale script ends in a STEM CHALLENGE:
Students are prompted to help the character solve the problem by building an innovative solution. In this pack, students have to find a way for Rapunzel to escape from the tower. Some choose ladders, some choose parachutes - I like to leave it all open ended with a wide range of materials.
Students then use the materials you have given them to build their ideas, test them, and improve them until the goal has been reached. You may find, as I did, that students are more engaged and cooperative than ever before!
When projects are finished and shared, students work on their STEM workbooks to describe the process, reflect on inventions and improvements, what worked and didn't work, and how they collaborated.
→ Workbook 1 is for exploring the Growth Mindset aspects of the fairy tale script and characters. There are sorting, writing, and reflection pages.
→ Workbook 2 is for the STEM challenge, with pages for collaborative brainstorming, documenting the process of trial and error, and writing about the experience of problem solving.
NOTE: This set is part of a larger BUNDLE of 8 complete sets
(35 pages each) at a much reduced cost! Click HERE to see the blog post with lots of photos and examples of finished projects and workbook pages - and grab some FREE STEM poster set. with lots of photos and examples of finished projects and workbook pages.
Click to see more pictures of Growth Mindset STEM in action!
You can use any supplies you have for the STEM projects - just toss them into bins and you're ready to go. Some suggestions are: tape, craft sticks, glue, foil, straws, string, wire or pipe cleaners, small paper cups, elastic bands, plastic spoons, etc.
Each of the 8 sets contain the same format:
p1. Welcome and Rationale for Growth Mindset and S.T.E.M.
p3. Teacher Notes and Quick Overview
p4. Materials List - Main Elements
p5. How It Will Look Pre-organizer
p6. Introducing Growth Mindset Posters and Activities
p11. Introducing the Story – Overview
p.13. Partner Play
p.16 Growth Mindset Dialogue Sorting
p17. Which characters have a growth mindset?
p20. Introducing the STEM challenge Workbook
p21. Workbook cover
p22. Collaborative Ideas Brainstorming
p23. Problem Solving recording page
p24. Testing & Improving My Idea pages (3 versions)
p25. My Collaborative Learning – self assessment
p29. STEM Process – self assessment checklist
p30. Letter To Parents (including blank version)
p32. Character and Setting Printable Props (stand ups)
I appreciate your feedback! I hope you enjoy these activities as much as my students did. If you have any questions or comments please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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