Plants STEM Challenge

Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challengeplay
Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challenge
Plants STEM Challenge
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Looking for a plant activity to apply learning in plant needs, parts/functions, adaptations, life cycles, cells, photosynthesis, and/or genetics & heredity? This STEM challenge / STEAM challenge is a perfectly engaging way to get the job done joyfully!

The challenge is great any time of the year, but works especially well as a spring activity! The completed designs and extension projects make beautiful displays for Back to School Night or Open House as well!

The basic premise:

Students work individually or in partners/groups against a list of criteria and constraints to create a plant that has never been seen or imagined before.

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Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES (TM) instead.

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This resource is also available in the following discounted bundles:

Planetopia Project STEM Challenge Bundle
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle
The Ultimate STEM Challenge Mega Bundle

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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 (editable 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 (editable in color and B&W)

Extension templates

  • Process flow map
  • Create & solve math problems based on designs
  • Plant writing templates
  • Planetopia Plants Folder/Booklet templates (editable):
  • >>>>>General Information
  • >>>>>Feature Spotlight
  • >>>>>Life Cycle
  • >>>>>Where in the World?
  • >>>>>Genetics / Heredity
  • Plant Science Study Handouts (editable):
  • >>>>>Plant Parts/Functions
  • >>>>>Photosynthesis
  • >>>>>Plant & Animal Cells
  • >>>>>Plant Inquiry

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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:

  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Tissue paper
  • Foil
  • Rubber bands
  • Paperclips
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Single hole punch
  • Glue and/or tape

Optional

  • Crayola Model Magic or clay
  • Sequins, beans, pasta
  • Paint
  • Craft sticks
  • Plastic beads
  • Pom poms
  • Yarn
  • Sand Paper
  • Cotton
  • Small cups
  • Felt pieces
  • Hot glue gun

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Video preview music credit:

"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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