Makerspace Moment in Literature {STEM}: Ricky the Rock That Couldn't Roll

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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 adorable book about a rock that cannot roll and allows students to analyze the characteristics of rocks and create a solution for helping rocks roll. 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

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

Vocabulary Work

Ask and Answer Question Work

Central Message Work

Point of View

Engineering Maker Activity

Examples of Solutions for Ricky

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

Point of View

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).
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.


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