STEM Activity Toothpick Tower Challenge

Rated 4.91 out of 5, based on 500 reviews
500 Ratings
;
Teachers Are Terrific
21.1k Followers
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Standards
Formats Included
  • Zip
Pages
41 pages
$2.80
List Price:
$3.50
You Save:
$0.70
$2.80
List Price:
$3.50
You Save:
$0.70
Share this resource
Report this resource to TPT
Teachers Are Terrific
21.1k Followers
Also included in
  1. Are you looking for easy prep STEM? You have found the perfect bundle- 3 towers to try. Your students will love building the biggest, tallest, and most creative towers and you will love the simple supplies. How tall will your towers be?Please note: This package contains three challenges. Each may be
    Price $7.00Original Price $11.00Save $4.00
  2. If you are ready for an entire year's worth of STEM Challenges, this set is a perfect choice. This collection of student-tested STEM Challenges for elementary students is jam-packed full of so many projects- 60 to be exact. This is all you will need for an entire school year! You have challenges of
    Price $120.00Original Price $215.25Save $95.25
  3. Let's build a tower (or two)! This package contains six STEM Challenges featuring Towers. Each is listed in more detail below. I hope the opportunity to purchase this money-saving bundle will help you incorporate STEM Activities into your busy schedule!This bundle contains six challenges featuring T
    Price $13.20Original Price $21.00Save $7.80
  4. STEM Challenges, Posters, and Booklets- all about building towers! Are you ready to get started with STEM and need a boost? Here’s the perfect STEM kit to get you going!Note: This is a money-saving bundle, but each item may be purchased individually! Just click on the titles!Here’s what you will fin
    Price $6.80Original Price $10.75Save $3.95
  5. STEM Challenges! The best ever hands-on learning and now FINALLY a bundle with three top-selling activities! After numerous requests for a bundle of different items that have no particular theme here’s a fabulous set: It’s Toothpick Towers, Roller Coasters, and Catapults! Three of my best selling ST
    Price $6.80Original Price $10.50Save $3.70
  6. Are you looking for challenges specific to 4th grade? This is an amazing collection of student-tested STEM Activities. It includes 20 best-selling STEM Challenges, a Bonus Multi-day Project, and a Design Poster Set.Note: Each of the challenges is available individually and in other money-saving bund
    Price $46.40Original Price $70.50Save $24.10

Description

Towers are the best! Kids love to build and stack items to create the tallest possible tower. With this tower challenge, they also have to be diligent in maintaining a solid base and must constantly rethink the task. This is one of our favorites!

Please note: This lesson is available in money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

Students use the materials to build a bridge to span a specific gap. You determine the length of that gap. The resource also includes an alternate method of using a blueprint as part of the requirements.

What is your prep?

You will need some simple supplies along with this package: toothpicks and modeling clay (Play-doh). You will need to prepare bins of materials for students and copy the lab sheets.

The lesson guide provides:

  • A materials list and then step-by-step procedures to follow to make this a great experience
  • A page of Helpful Hints gives ideas of specific things to think about while using this package
  • Two versions of lab sheets are provided (one with sample answers from students)
  • 4 pages of photos will guide the use of the package
  • A page of Extensions gives ideas of continuing the activity as a whole class or in your science/math centers.
  • And this is just the beginning! A second option provided a Blueprint Version of this challenge using slightly different materials. Teacher directions and hints, a lab sheet, and photos are included.
  • AND, scoring rubrics for both versions are included. These are not editable, however, all the other forms in this package are provided in an editable format!

What are teachers saying?

  • "Your products are amazing! I truly appreciate your attention to detail. It will make incorporating this activity in my classroom such a smooth process.
  • "I"ve been wanting to do this project for awhile, but have been looking for a way to make it the most effective. This made little prep for me and had so much student engagement!"
  • "My kids had a blast! Some of their structures were unstable and they discussed a plan to stabilize them. The productive conversation led to great structures."

This challenge works perfectly with these:

NOTE: All three tower challenges can be purchased in a money-saving bundle:

Toothpick Towers is also found in:

Or even better -This challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!

*****************************************************************************

You might also like these STEM Products:

*****************************************************************************

Be the first to know about my new discounts, freebies, and product launches:

Click here to follow my store. It’s that easy to receive email updates about Teachers Are Terrific!

*****************************************************************************

Thank you so much,

Teachers Really are Terrific!

Total Pages
41 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A
Report this resource to TPT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TPT’s content guidelines.

Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
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.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
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.

Reviews

Questions & Answers

21.1k Followers
TPT

TPT empowers educators to teach at their best.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up