Plants and Animals STEM Challenges Bundle

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3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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STEM and Nature Challenges - An Engineering Bundle

Engineering…Is It In Your Nature? Your students will explore the natural world through these engaging hands-on STEM activities.

Can your students build a bird nest? Design the best beak? Engineer a spider web? Create a fantasy flower? Invent an animal adaptation for a habitat? Engineer a behavioral adaptation? Have your students test their skills at nature’s engineering problems.

We have combined seven of our popular STEM activities into a fantastic discounted bundle for your classroom, afterschool program or camp. Save 35% by purchasing the bundle!

These STEM lessons were developed for a program we created for family workshops at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC. They were such a huge hit with the hundreds of attendees that we adapted them for smaller groups and added some engineering process support materials.

The lessons have student pages, teacher notes, inquiry questions, the engineering design process poster, rubrics, and student role cards. Included lessons are:

* STEM Your Beak

* STEM the Flower Show

* STEM and Animal Adaptations

* STEM and Behavioral Adaptations

* STEM and Plant Adaptations

* STEM Your Nest

* Engineer a Spider Web

****Important Note – all of these lessons are available as individual lessons and some are included in the monthly bundles. Please make sure that you don’t already have them before purchasing.

Need more STEM activity ideas? We have over 200 lessons to help you integrate STEM and engineering into your classroom.

Theme based STEM activities for a program are lots of fun! How about a theme of Oceans, Super Heroes or Aviation?

Dive Into STEM: Ocean Centers for Exploration and Observation

STEM and Super Heros

Soaring with STEM: A Bundle of Aeronautical Engineering

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Total Pages
154 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin. Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth. Assessment does not include molecular explanations.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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