Landforms STEM Challenge

Landforms STEM Challenge
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Landforms STEM Challenge
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Landforms STEM Challenge
Landforms STEM Challenge
Landforms STEM Challenge
Landforms STEM Challenge
Landforms STEM Challenge
Landforms STEM Challenge
Landforms STEM Challenge
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If you’re looking to apply learning in landforms, weathering & erosion, plate tectonics & more, this STEM / STEAM challenge is a perfectly engaging way to get the job done joyfully!


The basic premise:
Students work individually or in partners/groups against a list of criteria and constraints to create the nonliving surface (geosphere & hydrosphere) of the fictional planet, Planetopia.



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Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES (TM) instead.

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to a video walk-through of the challenge & my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Premise & Set-up
- Materials and timing
- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list & links

Student Handouts
- Criteria and Constraints list (two editable versions in color and B&W)
- Design Analysis Handouts (in color and B&W in two versions: 4-page expanded room for response and 2-page condensed space version for older students)
- Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)

Extension templates
- Planetopia Surface Features Spotlight
- Layers of Earth
- Layers of Earth & Earth’s Atmosphere
- Rock Notes
- Rock Cycle
- Pangaea Activity
- Process flow map
- Create & solve math problems based on designs
- Planetopia Landforms Writing Templates

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This resource is also available in the following discounted bundles:

Planetopia Project STEM Challenge Bundle
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle
The Ultimate STEM Challenge Mega Bundle



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Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. You can select a subset of the materials below and/or add your own ideas. As with all challenges, the more varied the materials, the more varied the designs!

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

• Foam board for parcel base
– ~ 12x12 in. per student
• Construction paper
• Pipe cleaners
• Cardboard scraps
• Tissue paper
• Foil
• Scissors
• Glue and/or tape
• Small rocks
• Raffia, moss, yarn
• Cotton
Optional
• Crayola Model Magic or clay
• Sequins, beans, pasta, beads
• Paint
• Craft sticks
• Plastic beads
• Pom poms
• Felt or fabric scraps
• Sand Paper
• Small cups and/or bowls
• Hot glue gun
• Rubber bands
• Paperclips
• Toothpicks
• Coffee stirrers
• Colored sand

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50 pages
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