STEM Challenges & Growth Mindset | Fairy Tales STEM Activities Bundle 1

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I have used these activities both in class and at home with my own children. My students loved doing these for STEM Friday
I love this activity! I use it at the beginning of the year to build teamwork and to give my students hands on stuff to do. Great resource!! I highly recommend this!!!

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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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    Combine STEM Challenges with Growth Mindset and Fairy Tales and you’ve got the perfect set up for brainstorming, team building, collaboration and problem-solving. This bundle of 8 STEM & Growth Mindset resources utilizes 8 Fairy Tales to create the context and an authentic reason for solving an engineering challenge. When STEM challenges are combined with Growth Mindset components, students learn and understand that the challenges are about taking chances, thinking outside the box, refining and improving ideas and persevering rather than achieving success on the first try. 

    Each of the STEM Fairy Tale Challenges begins with a partner play that sets the stage for the STEM Challenge. Each challenge is accompanied by a STEM Workbook that prompts students to share ideas, brainstorm together, and write about the physical and mental challenges of achieving a solution together. This STEM Challenge and Growth Mindset resource is filled with examples and photos of finished projects and workbook pages. A materials list is also included with easy-to-find items. 

    ❤️Your students are going to love the hands-on learning and problem-solving activities in this Growth Mindset & Fairy Tale STEM Activities resource.  

    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

    ⭐️Make sure to check out the PREVIEW for an extensive look at the what’s included in this Fairy Tale STEM Activities & Growth Mindset Bundle

    ✅ Each of the 8 STEM Fairy Tale Sets in this Bundle includes the following components

    • Partner Play to read aloud. 
      • After reading the original fairy tales, students work in small groups to read and perform simple partner plays involving the same characters. These are slight variations of 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.

    • Growth Mindset Workbook
      • Workbook specifically aimed at exploring growth mindset concepts in the fairy tale partner plays.
      • Pick and choose which of the pages you want to use, including comic speech bubble writing and cut and paste sorting projects.

    • Stem Challenge
      • Each partner play ENDS with a building challenge.
      • 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!

    • Stem Workbook
      • Printable pages guide students through the STEM process of brainstorming, improving, and reflecting on the engineering process.

    ⭐️ Fairy Tales included in this STEM Challenges & Growth Mindset Bundle

    • Little Red Riding Hood - Cookie Catapult Challenge
    • Goldilocks - The Great Chair Repair Challenge
    • Three Pigs - Build a Sturdy House Challenge
    • Jack and the Beanstalk - Build A Giant Beanstalk Challenge
    • Gingerbread Man - Build A Better Boat Challenge
    • Three Billygoats Gruff - Build A Better Bridge Challenge
    • Rapunzel - Escape From The Tower Challenge (paper tower template included)
    • Little Red Hen - Zipline Flour Transport System Challenge

    Each of the 8 STEM & Mindset Fairy Tale sets contain the same contents and format:

    • Welcome and Rationale for Growth Mindset and S.T.E.M.
    • Teacher Notes and Quick Overview
    • Materials List + Main Elements
    • How It Will Look Pre-organizer
    • Growth Mindset Posters
    • Growth Mindset Activities
    • Introducing the Story – Overview
    • Partner Play
    • Growth Mindset Dialogue Sorting
    • Which characters have a growth mindset?
    • Introducing the STEM challenge + Workbook
    • Workbook cover
    • Collaborative Ideas Brainstorming
    • Problem Solving recording page
    • Testing + Improving My Idea pages (3 versions)
    • My Collaborative Learning – Self-Assessment
    • STEM Process – Self-Assessment Checklist
    • Letter To Parents (including blank version)
    • Character and Setting Printable Props (stand-ups)
    • Credits



    BUNDLE 1 has 8 partner plays with workbooks (seen on this page).

    BUNDLE 2 has 8 more partner plays flip books for some variety!

    Click to see Growth Mindset STEM BUNDLE 2

    BUNDLE 1 and 2 TOGETHER for even more savings!

    Click to see STEM Mega Bundle (Bundle 1 and 2 together) for the best savings!

    ★ OR Choose SEASONAL STEM sets (also with partner plays!)

    Seasonal STEM BUNDLE with Partner Plays



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

    Growth Mindset Classroom BUNDLE


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