STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn

STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge Volume with Popcorn
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It’s the Popcorn STEM Challenge! This is one of my absolute favorites to use as an exploration into volume. Second and third graders, especially, will enjoy this as they design those containers to hold the popcorn. Inevitably, there will be gigantic containers. When I pull the quantity of popcorn from its hiding place to test their containers the reaction is priceless. So is the learning!

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

STEM Bundle about Volume

STEM 6-Pack Bundle featuring Math Skills

STEM Challenges Best Seller Bundle #3

STEM Challenges are great activities to engage students in their learning. Kids love the hands-on experiences! EVEN BETTER- add literature to your STEM challenges!

The activities found in this package were inspired by a little book by Tomie dePaola called "The Popcorn Book". Picture books can provide the perfect starting point for science investigations. Using the book is, of course, optional. This investigation can be completed without reading the book to your class or a similar book can be substituted.

This one day STEM challenge will have your students thinking about volume. After hearing the book read (or talking about volume) students will design and construct a container for a specific amount of popcorn. Students will have a list of the Design “rules” and a set of supplies from which to build. The final design will test their understanding of volume and at the same time have them collaborating, designing, and constructing. In the end, each team will present their final container!

★You will need materials in addition to this lesson guide! This includes popped popcorn, storage bags, copy paper, scissors, tape, and staplers. The preparation for this challenge includes counting the popcorn that will be used to test the containers, but don't worry- it's easy! It only takes 2 minutes to count the popcorn which will just about fill a large cereal bowl. You may also need a copy of The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola (optional).

The lesson guide provides:

  • Materials list
  • Step-by-step procedures
  • Page of Helpful Hints gives ideas of specific things to think about while using this package
  • Two lab sheets with answer samples
  • Photos to guide the use of the package
  • Extensions gives ideas of continuing the activity as a whole class or in your science/math centers
  • Ideas are given to further use The Popcorn Book.
  • And there is more! A scoring rubric is now provided and a file of editable forms.

The package specifically contains: Cover, Teacher Background page, Materials and Preparation page, 4 pages of Step-by-Step Procedures and helpful hints, Extensions page, 2 Lab sheets, Answer samples, 3 Photo pages, Terms of Use page, scoring rubric, and 6 editable forms.

This activity can be completed as a stand-alone challenge. OR it can be used with two additional packages (STEM Challenges about Volume) also available in my store:

Exploring Volume with Scoops

Exploring Volume with Containers

NOTE: All three volume challenges can be found in a money-saving bundle:

A Bundle of STEM Activities about Volume

The Popcorn Challenge can also be found in a bestseller bundle:

STEM Challenges Best Seller Bundle #3

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You might also enjoy these STEM Challenges:

Build a Tower with Toothpicks

Build a Marble Maze

Experiment and Design with Pancakes

Design a Sail Boat

Egg Parachutes

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