If I Built a House READ ALOUD STEM™ Activity + TpT Digital Distance Learning

Grade Levels
1st - 5th, Homeschool
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30 pages
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Includes Easel Activity Version for Google Classroom Distance Learning!

Integrate STEM, Writing, and Literacy in your classroom at the End of the School Year!

Teach students everything they need to build a house! Your students will love designing, building, testing, and writing about their very own house!

Connect to a Read Aloud: If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

This STEM Project is a companion activity to If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen. The book explores all the elements needed for an amazing house!

Take students through the STEM Process!

Students design, build, and test their own house! After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.

Using only paper, students learn 3D shapes and build their own blocks and other shapes to create their own house!

Integrate Writing!

As an extension to the STEM Challenge, students write about the parts of their house and how many 3D shapes they used.

Material List:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Markers, Color Pencils, and/or Crayons
  • If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen (Recommended)


  • Teacher Instructions
  • Student STEM Journal
  • Student Instructions
  • House Vocabulary
  • 3D Shapes Information
  • Student Build a House STEM Challenge
  • Writing Activity
  • TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

Digital Activity:

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Amazing resource for STEM club, STEM teachers, elementary librarians, parents who love hands-on learning, and elementary teachers who want to create a hands-on educational environment in their classroom!

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.


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