STEM Challenge Literacy Based

Grade Levels
1st - 4th
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Do you want to include literacy with STEM challenges? Then Simple STEM Stories are perfect for you. This is an easy-to-set-up STEM challenge that focuses on popular stories. This growing bundle will include more challenges off books. This challenge is printable and digital, with Google Slide & Seesaw activities.

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Begin your lesson by reading the story as a whole group. Introduce your class to the building challenge. Students will be challenged to create and solve problems. Review the Engineering Design Process so students can plan, build and improve their designs!


The Recess Queen - Students will design a playground or playground equipment. This is a great September STEM challenge.

  • The Pigeon Has Goes to School - Students will build a way for the pigeon to travel to school. Think bus, car, another invention! This is a great back to school STEM challenge.
  • Spookley The Square Pumpkin - Students will design a square pumpkin. This is great for a Halloween STEM Challenge.
  • Fall Leaves - Students will design & build a leaf machine to pick up leaves. This is a great November STEM challenge.
  • The Love Monster - Do you love Chocolate?! Students will design & create a chocolate box. This is perfect around Valentine's Day!
  • A Rainbow of my Own - Students will build a rainbow spinning toy. This is a great St. Patrick's Day STEM challenge.
  • Mama Built a Little Nest - Students can even go outdoors to complete this Spring STEM Challenge! Challenge students to build a bird's nest.


  • Google Slides Presentation / works with Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Use to give challenges to students digitally or model on your board
      • Task cards
      • Timer
      • Various response sheets - ready to type on

  • Seesaw Activity
    • Ready to use & add to your library
    • Ready for students to type or record voice responses
    • Moveable pieces
    • Audio instruction

  • Task card printables - in small and large size
  • Activity response sheets are printable -
    • 1 page easy to copy
    • 5 versions depending on your students' level
    • Includes the design process

  • Design Process Poster
  • Student stickers - One click print on Avery labels
  • Student certificates of competition - celebrate success!
  • Teacher directions


  • This activity can be modified and used for K-5.
  • It is LOW PREP for any maker space or STEAM class with one-sided response sheets.
  • These activities are hands-on and promote creativity.
  • Students will and should create different final products.

Have fun building! - Dena

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