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Plants Spring STEM Challenge: PAPERLESS Version

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Pages
50 pages
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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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