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Landforms STEM Challenge PAPERLESS VERSION

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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.

Modifications included for grades 2-8.

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Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the PRINTABLE VERSION instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Slides Post-design extension activities list


Student Slides
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Design Analysis
- Discussion Questions

Extension slides
- 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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CLICK THE GREEN PREVIEW BUTTON UNDER THE COVER & THUMBNAILS TO SEE THE SLIDES INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE!

This resource is also available in the following discounted bundles:
Planetopia Project STEM Challenge Bundle - PAPERLESS VERSION
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle PAPERLESS VERSION
The Ultimate STEM Challenge Mega Bundle



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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)

• 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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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience
- High levels of student engagement
- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60-90 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

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