STEM Bundle 2: 8 Fairy Tale Partner Plays with Growth Mindset STEM Challenges

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  1. This huge set is unique in that it combines 16 complete sets of both STEM and Growth Mindset lessons, explored together with Fairy Tales.When coordinating STEM building challenges for grades 1-5, I prefer to integrate growth mindset components to ensure students understand that STEM challenges are a
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This bundle of 8 fairy tale challenges begin with a fairy tale partner play that sets up the STEM challenge for students; this gives them an authentic reason and context for solving an engineering challenge. Each challenge is accompanied by a flip book that prompts them to share ideas. The bundle includes lots of photos and examples of finished projects and workbook pages.

So what is STEM?

STEM challenges are not just about building things. STEM involves:

★ 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?

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.


There are 8 complete Fairy Tales sets in this mini-bundle.

Each fairy tale has the following components:

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 - GROWTH MINDSET 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 FLIPBOOK: These printable flipbooks are easy to assemble and prompt thinking and writing about the experience.


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.


Fairy Tales in mini Bundle 2:

  1. The Tortoise and the Hare - Make a vehicle to win the race
  2. The Elves and the Shoemaker - Make a new kind of shoe
  3. Hansel and Gretel - Make a candy shooter
  4. Rumpelstiltskin - Make a musical instrument
  5. The Lion and the Mouse - Make a human trap
  6. Country Mouse City Mouse - Make a marble maze
  7. The Grasshopper and the Ant - Make a straw shooter
  8. The Frog Prince - Make a pulley system for the well

There are 8 more fairy tales in Mini-Bundle 1 seen HERE,

and all 16 are available in the full year bundle of 16 seen HERE.


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)

p.36 Credits



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If you are looking for more Growth Mindset ideas for your classroom, you may like the

Growth Mindset Classroom BUNDLE


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