Plants Spring 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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