These STEM challenges are introduced to students with Fairy Tale Partner Plays.
Each partner play incorporates Growth Mindset concepts to equip your students to take risks and embrace mistakes as part of the learning process!
There are flip books for both growth mindset concepts and STEM concepts to walk students through the process and solidify learning.
All the work is done for you - just collect a few supplies like tape, straws, craft sticks, pipe cleaners and paper and toss them into bins!
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 curriculum for grades 1-5, I am always looking for new ways to incorporate STEM in ways that won't require teachers to do a lot of prep or organization.
With this bundle, all the work is done for you!
It incorporates a study of Growth Mindset and STEM together.
The Growth Mindset portion is important because students are encourages to take risks and embrace mistakes as learning opportunity; this is so important for trying, testing and improving on engineering challenges!
What is STEM?
STEM challenges are not just about building things.
★ 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
Why is teaching them both together 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.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
There are 16 Fairy Tales sets in this bundle.
Each fairy tale has the following parts:
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 - 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: These printable pages guide students through the STEM process of brainstorming, improving and reflecting on the engineering process.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPLIES WILL I NEED?
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.
WHICH PAIRY TALES ARE INCLUDED?
Fairy Tales in Bundle 1:
1. Little Red Riding Hood
3. Three Pigs
4. Jack and the Beanstalk
5. Gingerbread Man
6. Three Billygoats Gruff
8. Little Red Hen
Fairy Tale in Bundle 2
1. The Tortoise and the Hare - Make a vehicle to win the race
2. The Elves and the Shoemaker - Make a new kind of shoe
3. Hansel and Gretel - Make a candy shooter
4. Rumpelstiltskin - Make a musical instrument
5. The Lion and the Mouse - Make a human trap
6. Country Mouse City Mouse - Make a marble maze
7. The Grasshopper and the Ant - Make a straw shooter
8. The Frog Prince - Make a pulley system for the well
WHAT IS IN EACH FAIRY TALE PACK?
Each of the 8 sets contain 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)
BREAKDOWN OF OPTIONS
★ BUNDLE 1 has 8 partner plays with STEM workbooks and GROWTH MINDSET Workbooks. You can pick and choose the pages you wish to use!
Click to see Growth Mindset STEM BUNDLE 1
★ BUNDLE 2 has 8 more partner plays! There are simple flip books for both Growth Mindset AND STEM projects to walk students through the process.
Click to see Growth Mindset STEM BUNDLE 2
★ BUNDLE 1 and 2 TOGETHER for even more savings!
These are available from this page.
★ OR Choose SEASONAL STEM sets (also with partner plays!)
Seasonal STEM BUNDLE with Partner Plays
If you'd like to see a single set, you can choose from a Rapunzel STEM set (with workbooks) HERE
or a Rumpelstiltskin STEM set (with flip books) HERE
*Single Sets: $3.95 (Includes both STEM and Growth Mindset activities, Partner Plays, *STEM Challenge, and No Prep Workbooks for students)
*Bundle 1: 8 Fairy Tales for 32.00 (Reduced Price - 28.00 or one set for free)
*Bundle 2: 8 Fairy Tales for 32.00 (Reduced Price - 28.00 or one set for free)
*Full Year Bundle : 16 Fairy Tales for 64.00 (Reduced Price - 46.00, save $18 or 4+ sets for free)
MORE IDEAS FOR GROWTH MINDSET
If you are looking for more Growth Mindset ideas for your classroom, you may like the
Growth Mindset Classroom BUNDLE
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