Landforms STEM Challenge - Print and Paperless Bundle

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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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    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

    Plus, you'll get the 1:1 version for use with Google Slides (TM). See the previews of each resource above for details.


    Feel free to reach out using the Product Q&A tab.

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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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    Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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    Standards

    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    NGSSMS-ETS1-3
    Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
    NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
    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.
    NGSSMS-ETS1-1
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    NGSSMS-ETS1-4
    Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

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