Plants Spring STEM Activity - PAPERLESS Version

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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.

Modifications included for grades 2-8.

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Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the PRINTABLE VERSION instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos

- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos

- Materials and timing

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Slides Post-design extension activities list

Student Slides

- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)

- Design Analysis

- Discussion Questions

Extension slides

- Process flow map

- Create & solve math problems based on designs

- Life Science Presentation Slide templates:

• Plant Basics

• Feature Spotlight

• Life Cycle

• Where in the World?

• Genetics / Heredity

- Plant Science Slides:

• Parts/functions (two options)

• Photosynthesis

• Plant & Animal Cell Diagrams

• Compare/Contrast Plant & Animal Cells

• Plant Inquiry

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CLICK THE GREEN PREVIEW BUTTON UNDER THE COVER & THUMBNAILS TO SEE THE SLIDES INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE!

This resource is also available in the following discounted bundles:
Planetopia Project STEM Challenge Bundle - PAPERLESS VERSION
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle PAPERLESS VERSION
The Ultimate STEM Challenge Mega Bundle

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. )

• 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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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning

- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience

- High levels of student engagement

- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)

- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60-90 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

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Please check out the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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