Just Like Rube Goldberg READ ALOUD STEAM™ Activity Distance Learning

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2nd - 5th
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Integrate STEAM and Literacy in your classroom!

In this STEM Lesson, students learn about Rube Goldberg and design their very own Rube Goldberg Machine.

Connect to a Read Aloud: Just Like Rube Goldberg

This STEM Project is a companion activity to Just Like Rube Goldberg by Sarah Aronson.

The Engineering Design Process:

Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't. They follow the six step Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Experiment, Improve.

Integrate Writing!

After completing the STEM Project, students write about what they learned.

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! This is perfect as a beginning of the year activity or end of the year STEM challenge!

Material List:

  • dominos
  • books
  • popsicle sticks
  • toy cars
  • cups
  • rolls of tape (ex. Duct tape or masking tape)
  • desk bell
  • marbles and/or ping pong balls
  • pencils
  • Just Like Rube Goldberg by Sarah Aronson (Recommended)


  • Teacher Instructions
  • Student STEM Journal
  • Student Instructions
  • STEM Activity
  • Vocabulary Words
  • Student Reflection Sheet
  • Writing Activity
  • TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

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Total Pages
22 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.


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