STEM Center for Building Bricks: STEM Mats™

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STEM Mats™ are SO easy to set up in your classroom! If you were thinking of trying STEM Fridays or Maker Mondays, or you need something more engaging for your early finishers than worksheets or reading, this is the resource for you. Not only will your students be working creatively to solve problems, they will be reading, writing, and using math skills.

What's Included
■ Instructions and sample images
■ Letter you can send home to parents, caregivers, and friends to ask for donations
■ 10 basic STEM Mats in bold colors (with 3 variations for the CVC mat, the landmarks mat, and the person mat)
■ Recording sheet options - includes full and quarter page options, for pre-readers and beginning readers
■ Sample mentor sentences to help the students complete their recording sheet
■ Comparison sheet so students can alter the design and compare two
■ Decor items - bunting and engineering design process graphic
■ Blank STEM mats
■ Sorting mats to break down the creation - by color or brick type

A full set of ALL mentioned above in spring colors is also included.

While this resource is marked K-2, please note that both younger and older kids will enjoy these challenges as well.

Learn More
For a detailed explanation of how to use STEM mats and to see some of the mats included in this resource, please visit this video. You can also download a free STEM Mat (the Supporting Document).

Want STEM Mats for the entire year?
STEM Mats for the Entire Year BUNDLE

Why use STEM Mats?
STEM Mats are easy to set up. There are hundreds of building challenge possibilities because each mat has design criteria spinners. A student can repeat the STEM mat challenge and end up with a totally different design. Not only does this make it different from other STEM challenges, but they also won't be comparing themselves to others.

What materials will I need?
You will need building bricks / building blocks. That does not mean you need to purchase expensive ones! I have found asking for donations works very well. You can even see if your local library has a building club and would be willing to lend you a bin of bricks. There are also numerous compatible bricks out there that are not made by the expensive brand. Check Target for deals on these types of bricks. Other than that you will only need paper and simple classroom supplies (pencils, paper clips, erasers, etc.)!

How can I differentiate these?
If you have advanced learners, you can take these to the next level. Ask your students to count the number of bricks used, or to complete the challenge wish as few bricks as possible. After all, materials cost money! If you have *very* high learners, you can even ask them to figure out how many possible combinations there are in the spinners!

Metric measurements are now included where applicable!

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STEM Tales
ALL STEM Tales: Fairy tales with a STEM twist! Ideal for grades 1-3.

Digital / Paperless STEM
STEM Journal for use with ANY STEM Challenge

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STEM Center for Building Bricks: STEM Mats™
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