Why not bring STEM to your Native American Unit in social studies?
Most elementary teachers are more comfortable and knowledgeable about themes, so I have decided to create STEM challenge packs based on specific themes, like Native Americans, specifically relating to their homes!
This engineering challenge activity pack is one of many that I have created to use in my classroom! I sometimes place these challenges, one per table, and the students rotate around the room in order to complete them. There are no right or wrong answers, many different solutions will work! You could also rotate these challenges through a science center. I plan to complete these as a whole class activity, one per week during the fall when we study Native American regions. I store everything in a dollar store gift bag or plastic tub!
These activities are great to use any time of the school year. You can use all of them or just pick and choose! Most materials are pretty easy to find and are low in cost! There are information sheets on each type of home and nine challenges included in this pack:
Build a Wigwam Challenge
Build a Longhouse Challenge
Build a Tipi Challenge
Build a Pueblo Challenge
Build a Hogan Challenge
Build a Plank House Challenge
Build a Chickee Challenge
Build an Igloo Challenge
Build a Wickiup
These STEM engineering and design challenges will help your students show off their building and teamwork skills!