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Is there room on the broom?
Make learning fun with this Halloween STEM activity in which students investigate the design of a broom! An excellent companion activity to the fall read aloud book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.
In this STEM Challenge, students design and build a broom to hold as much candy as possible.
Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.
A writing extension is included for students to write a persuasive letter to the witch selling how their broom will help her carry more items.
Aligns with Common Core and NGSS.
-Teacher and Student Instructions
-Student Planning Pages
-Student Reflection Pages
-CCSS and NGSS Standards
-Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson(recommended)
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ALIGNS TO NGSS
K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how
the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given
K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on
how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the
3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
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.