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STEM Habitat Challenge: Build A Home For A Puffin

Grade Levels
1st - 5th
Formats Included
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13 pages
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Puffin Habitat STEM Challenge
*This challenge is also part of my Bird Bundle!*

This STEM lesson is designed to get students thinking about animals from one of the seven continents, Europe and their habitat. This easy STEM activity asks students to work cooperatively with a team or work on their own, to design and test a man made home for a lost puffin chick.

This download includes:
1. Two STEM lesson recording sheets for students
- One for group work
- One for individuals
2. Teacher Resource page with links to helpful videos on puffins
3. Two versions of a Cost Sheet
- This add on feature allows students to practice money skills by associating a cost to each material used (using play money)
- Students can then budget out how to use their money to buy supplies for building

Materials recommended to complete this challenge are:
Construction Paper
Empty Cardboard Box (Shoe Box)
Masking Tape
Pine Needles
Fake Grass
Cotton Balls
Rubber Bands
Full Clorox Wipe Container


This lesson also pairs great with either lessons on habitats or seven continent study, specifically of Europe. I recommend reviewing information about puffins and Reykjavik, Iceland where puffins make their home, before starting the lesson to give students some background knowledge and activate creative thinking.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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