STEM Challenges Full Year Bundle (16 Sets with Growth Mindset Partner Plays)

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Simple and cute STEM activities! We did a STEM camp this summer for our primary students and we used some of these activities! They loved it!
This is perfect to integrate with our Benchmark Advance reading. They were challenging and helped develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The students really enjoyed doing this. Thanks!

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    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 about refining and improving ideas, rather than achieving success on the first try!

    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 workbook that prompts them to share ideas, brainstorm together, and write about the physical and mental challenges of achieving their solutions. 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.


    1. Little Red Riding Hood - Cookie Catapult Challenge
    2. Goldilocks - The Great Chair Repair Challenge
    3. Three Pigs - Build a Sturdy House Challenge
    4. Jack and the Beanstalk - Build A Giant Beanstalk Challenge
    5. Gingerbread Man - Build A Better Boat Challenge
    6. Three Billygoats Gruff - Build A Better Bridge Challenge
    7. Rapunzel - Escape From The Tower Challenge (paper tower template included)
    8. Little Red Hen - Zipline Flour Transport System Challenge
    9. The Tortoise and the Hare - Make a vehicle to win the race
    10. The Elves and the Shoemaker - Make a new kind of shoe
    11. Hansel and Gretel - Make a candy shooter
    12. Rumpelstiltskin - Make a musical instrument
    13. The Lion and the Mouse - Make a human trap
    14. Country Mouse City Mouse - Make a marble maze
    15. The Grasshopper and the Ant - Make a straw shooter
    16. The Frog Prince - Make a pulley system for the well


    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 WORKBOOK or FLIPBOOK: These printable pages guide students through the STEM process of brainstorming, improving and reflecting on the engineering process.


    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.


    Each set contains 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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