Makerspace Moment in Literature {STEM}: Flood Warnings

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Makerspace in early elementary is filled with projects, designs, and ideas that inspire, motivate, and challenge children in the classroom or library. This makerspace moment in literature takes an informative book about flood warnings and allows students to capture the main idea and key details of the informational text told in children's literature. This book is also the perfect segway for creating a model for flood prevention. Your kids will use critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies to determine solutions.

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MakerSpace Moments in Literature combines literature with creative engineering design projects. Students respond to text with close read activities as well as develop ideas to solve problems from the story. MakerSpace Moments in Literature are perfect for the elementary classroom or the library/media center.

MakerSpace Activity: STEAM takes the E for engineering and the A for arts from STEAM and you get Maker Space Moments in Literature. Makerspace Moments In Literature allow you to do a focused Close Reading with text as well as extend on a piece of literature with the same function and creativity of a Makerspace using engineering tools to problem solve and create. A Makerspace is a collaborative area where students can think, create, share, and grow using an assortment of materials and technologies.


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Comprehension Questions

Comprehension Bookmarks

Asking Answering Questions Work

Vocabulary Cards- Can be used as a fun game of Headbanz or Charades or to display

Vocabulary Work

Central Message/Main Idea Work

Images/Visuals extending the meaning

Engineering Maker Activity

Examples of a Solution for flooding

Optional Challenge Cards (2 options- can help provide a little more structure, if your kids need that)

Planning and Creating Sheet for Solution Activity

Reflecting and Improving For All About My Solution (for writing extension)

Words About My Solution

My Solution Presentation Points

Compare and Contrast Solutions

Standards Covered

Asking and Answering Questions


Central Message/Main Idea

Visuals in Text

Compare and Contrast

Engineering K-2 standards (From Next Gen. Science Standards)


Listening and Speaking


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land. Examples of solutions could include different designs of dikes and windbreaks to hold back wind and water, and different designs for using shrubs, grass, and trees to hold back the land.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


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