STEM Activities for Read Across America Week

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Your students are going to love these Read Across America STEM activities and challenges! Now, you can integrate your reading celebration with math, history, and science! Materials are easy, and the activities are super engaging!

This includes a Theodore Geisel 5E lesson to make planning simple.

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Here's what you'll get:

  • objectives/standards
  • 5E lesson plan
  • extra resources
  • KWHL chart
  • Theodore Geisel reading passage with comprehension questions
  • answer key
  • optional booklet
  • teacher background info
  • STEM planning sheet
  • 3 Read Across America STEAM activities
  • reflection sheet

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The challenges include:

  1. Create a recipe for a substance that has both properties of a solid and a liquid.
  2. Construct a wind-powered car that holds a dog and travels at least three meters.
  3. Create an imaginary story using the given story elements. Design a puppet to read your story.

Materials needed:


  • plastic cups
  • cornstarch
  • flour
  • glue
  • gelatin
  • measuring spoons
  • salt
  • spoons
  • craft sticks
  • water

Wind-Powered Car

  • scissors
  • tape
  • index cards
  • straws
  • lifesavers
  • paper clips
  • paper

Wacky Writing

  • scissors
  • tape
  • paper bags
  • yarn
  • googly eyes
  • paper clips
  • paper
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • fabric
  • glitter (optional)
  • cardboard tubes (optional)

These challenges are simple, kid-tested, and engaging. They require critical thinking, concentration, and creativity.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
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.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.


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