STEM Activities for Those Darn Squirrels! Bookshelf STEM Junior

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K - 5th
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This resource contains engaging STEM activities that align with the read aloud Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin. These activities can be used in the classroom or at home.

Students will connect to this story in a variety of fun and engaging hands-on activities!


  • A minimum of 3 STEM activities to go with the read aloud story, using materials you have on hand, such as recyclables, office supplies, math manipulatives, or building blocks. STEM challenges and bonuses included in this resource:
    • Abacus Design STEM Activity (place value, number systems)
    • Squirrel Easel Challenge (measurement, stability)
    • Scale Model Obstacle Course STEM Challenge (reading a drawing, building to scale)
    • Bonus Activities
      • Squirrel catapult (force and motion)
      • Squirrel-proof bird feeder STEM activity (clever design!)

  • Includes a variety of recording sheet options, such as graphic organizers and guided STEM challenge pages, plus self-evaluation/rubric.
  • CCSS and NGSS Standards alignment
  • Digital STEM journal option for Google Slides

Who can use Bookshelf STEM Junior?

  • Classroom teachers
  • STEM specials teachers
  • Librarians
  • Makerspace facilitators
  • Homeschool parents
  • Community group leaders such as girl scouts, cub scouts, and 4H
  • Camp counselors - make your summer or school vacation camp a literacy-filled affair
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
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 problem.


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