New Years STEM Activities and Challenge

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BALL-oon Drop anyone? Get your kids excited about New Year's with these fun STEM activities. You're going to love this SIMPLE January STEM challenge. Your students will learn about New Year's traditions. The best part is that they'll have fun doing it!

You'll need these materials for the STEAM activities:

  • empty spool (2 per group)
  • string
  • balloon
  • 2 straws per group
  • 1 hook for pulley
  • tape
  • scissors
  • meter stick

Challenges include:

  • Engineer a simple machine to descend a balloon one meter in ten seconds.
  • Create a New Year's resolution using only illustrations.

This resource includes:

  • Teacher background information with suggested questions for coaching
  • Learning objectives
  • Optional 5E lesson plan
  • New Year's Traditions reading passage with comprehension questions
  • STEM/STEAM planning sheet
  • Additional resources including songs, books, websites
  • Math sheet: Elapsed Time
  • Reflection sheet
  • Writing sheet: Countdown to New Year's
  • Reading comprehension answer key

Your students will love these STEAM activities!

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Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
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