STEM challenges paired with Fairy Tale Growth Mindset Partner Plays
This is Fairy Tale STEM Bundle 1 covers 8 fairy tales.
It incorporates a study of Growth Mindset and STEM together.
The Growth Mindset portion is important because students are encourages to take risks and embrace mistakes as learning opportunity; this is so important for trying, testing and improving on engineering challenges!
This bundle has over 200 pages of projects, fairy tale partner plays, STEM challenges and workbooks!
When coordinating STEM curriculum for grades 1-5, I am always looking for new ways to incorporate STEM in ways that won't require teachers to do a lot of prep or organization.
What is STEM?
STEM challenges are not just about building things.
★ presenting students with an authentic problem
★ challenging students to collaborate for possible solutions
★ making specific plans for the solution
★ testing the model to see if it solves the problem
★ reflecting, revising, and re-testing
★ reflecting on success and recognizing mistakes as part of the process
Why Is Teaching STEM with GROWTH MINDSET So Important
Why is teaching them both together so important? Students with a positive growth mindset are much more likely to take chances, think outside the box, and persevere when their first ideas don't quite work out as planned. This is ESSENTIAL for STEM study and one of the main goals of exploring STEM.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
There are 8 Fairy Tales sets in this bundle.
Each fairy tale has the following parts:
1 - PARTNER PLAY to read aloud. After reading the original fairy tales, student work in small groups to read and perform simple partner plays involving the same characters. These are slight variations on the original tales.
One character shows a growth mindset and which have a fixed mindset! This provides a great opportunity to discuss growth mindset concepts with students.
2 - WORKBOOK - A workbook specifically aimed at exploring growth mindset concepts in the fairy tale partner plays. You can pick and choose which of the pages you want to use, including comic speech bubble writing and cut and paste sorting projects.
3- STEM CHALLENGE: Each partner play ENDS with a building challenge. For example: How can we help Little Red get the cookies to Granny when the wolf keeps stopping her? Could we build a catapult and shoot them over the forest to Granny's porch? Students use the materials you provide to create different things to "help" the characters from the story. Students have an authentic reason to solve the engineering problem and are excited to begin!
4- STEM WORKBOOK: These printable pages guide students through the STEM process of brainstorming, improving and reflecting on the engineering process.
This bundle contains 8 complete sets
(35 pages each) with lots of photos and examples of finished projects and workbook pages.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPLIES WILL I NEED?
You can use any supplies you have for the STEM projects - just toss them into bins and you're ready to go. The most used in my classroom are: masking tape, straws, pipe cleaners, paper, tin foil and string. Some other suggestions are: stir sticks, glue, small paper cups, elastic bands, plastic spoons, etc. I have purposely kept the materials list open, but you can see examples of what my students used in the photos.
WHICH PAIRY TALES ARE INCLUDED?
Fairy Tales in Bundle 1:
Little Red Riding Hood - Cookie Catapult Challenge
Goldilocks - The Great Chair Repair Challenge
Three Pigs - Build a Sturdy House Challenge
Jack and the Beanstalk - Build A Giant Beanstalk Challenge
Gingerbread Man - Build A Better Boat Challenge
Three Billygoats Gruff - Build A Better Bridge Challenge
Rapunzel - Escape From The Tower Challenge (paper tower template included)
Little Red Hen - Zipline Flour Transport System Challenge
WHAT IS IN EACH FAIRY TALE PACK?
Each of the 8 sets contain the same contents and format:
p1. Welcome and Rationale for Growth Mindset and S.T.E.M.
p3. Teacher Notes and Quick Overview
p4. Materials List + Main Elements
p5. How It Will Look Pre-organizer
p6. Introducing Growth Mindset Posters and Activities
p11. Introducing the Story – Overview
p.13. Partner Play
p.16 Growth Mindset Dialogue Sorting
p17. Which characters have a growth mindset?
p20. Introducing the STEM challenge + Workbook
p21. Workbook cover
p22. Collaborative Ideas Brainstorming
p23. Problem Solving recording page
p24. Testing + Improving My Idea pages (3 versions)
p25. My Collaborative Learning – self assessment
p29. STEM Process – self assessment checklist
p30. Letter To Parents (including blank version)
p32. Character and Setting Printable Props (stand ups)
BREAKDOWN OF OPTIONS
★ BUNDLE 1 has 8 partner plays with workbooks (seen on this page).
★ BUNDLE 2 has 8 more partner plays flip books for some variety!
Click to see Growth Mindset STEM BUNDLE 2
★ BUNDLE 1 and 2 TOGETHER for even more savings! Click to see STEM Mega Bundle (Bundle 1 and 2 together)
for the best savings!
★ OR Choose SEASONAL STEM sets (also with partner plays!)
Seasonal STEM BUNDLE with Partner Plays
If you'd like to see a single set, you can choose from a Rapunzel STEM set (with workbooks) HERE
or a Rumpelstiltskin STEM set (with flip books) HERE
MORE IDEAS FOR GROWTH MINDSET
If you are looking for more Growth Mindset ideas for your classroom, you may like the
Growth Mindset Classroom BUNDLE
I appreciate your feedback! I hope you enjoy these activities as much as my students did. If you have any questions or comments please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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