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Landforms STEM Challenge

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Description

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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Video preview music credit:

"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Total Pages
50 pages
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