How to Catch a Leprechaun Trap STEM Project | Pulley Simple Machine Activity

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Wonderful resource to use with my students! I placed this challenge in our Makerspace Center in my 2nd-6th grade Gifted Education classroom.
My homeschool students really enjoyed this hands-on activity. They used their own critical thinking to make so many different traps. Thank you!
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Teach your students about the pulley simple machine with this Leprechaun Trap STEM Challenge! All you have to do is print the materials and you will be ready to teach a complete lesson on the pulley simple machine!

This STEM challenge will take your students on the journey of creating a Leprechaun Trap from start to finish. First, they will learn about the simple machine. Then, they will brainstorm, sketch their project, create writing pieces, and build their traps. You can follow the step-by-step instructions, or give complete creative control to your students. A mini-assessment and reflection piece is included to show what students have learned.

This resource is part of my Simple Machines Bundle. Save over 20% on this resource when you buy it as part of the bundle!

This resource includes:

  • Pulley definition poster
  • Pulley illustration poster
  • Pulley mini assessment
  • Parent letter
  • Posters to show steps to make the trap
  • Brainstorm Writing and Illustration
  • Leprechaun cut-outs in color
  • Leprechaun cut-outs in black and white
  • How to build a leprechaun trap graphic organizer
  • My Leprechaun Trap writing paper
  • Reflection Writing and Illustration
  • How to catch a leprechaun graphic organizer
  • The best thing about my trap graphic organizer
  • Lined writing pages
  • Student Awards

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.


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