STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge

STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Spiders An Unlock the Box Challenge
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Perfect for Halloween and October or anytime! STEM Quests are missions that involve solving riddles and tasks to find clues to open a locked box. Students work together to find the keywords that lead to the needed information to unlock a lock. For this Quest, the information within the tasks is all about spiders! It’s an Unlock the Box Challenge with a Science-based and/or Halloween theme!

Box 1 will be solved by students completing math problems to solve a riddle. The riddle’s answer will lead to clues and the lock code. After unlocking the box, they are led to Task 2. This one involves using small spiders on a coordinated grid to determine which spider to find. That spider will lead them to a clue and the lock code. Task 3 involves sorting facts about insects and spiders and unscrambling letters to form a word. The word leads to a display and the lock code.

BUT there is MORE! Included in this Quest is a STEM Challenge! You can use the challenge as a stand-alone project or use it with the Quest. Award the first team to unlock all the boxes with more materials. The second place team gets a little less and so on. The STEM Challenge involves spiders, too!

You will need three number locks for this quest. Directions are included to use this set without these locks! You will also need three boxes. This can be a plastic or metal toolbox, but any box will work- even a cardboard box! Directions and photos are included for how to set up the boxes and locks or how to use a version without locks.

Included in the Quest file of this resource, you will find a table of contents and 3 pages of tips and tricks for setting up everything. For Box 1- teacher directions with photos, student directions, Spider Information reading selections, Math problems in two ability levels with answer keys, a set of spider images to display as hints, and box labels. For Box 2- teacher directions with photos, grid and small spider images, grid directions, a large spider to display with a hint, and box labels. For Box 3 – teacher directions with photos, sorting strips about insects and spiders, a large spider to display with a hint, and box labels. Miscellaneous forms include Hint cards for each task, an alternative locking system (made of paper), Certificates to award students completing the task, speech bubbles with spider jokes and facts, and all pages are provided in a black and white version. In addition, the Award Certificates are provided in two formats- one labeled for Halloween and one as Spider.

Included in the STEM Challenge of this resource, you will find a challenge overview and hints page, 4 pages of teacher directions, criteria cards for student use, lab sheet with an answer sample, two pages of photos, and a scoring rubric. The scoring rubric, lab sheet, and criteria cards are editable.

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This Quest and the STEM Challenge were tested with fourth and fifth graders. It would be great for 4th-6th grade. Some items are provided in two ability levels. Three pages of hints and tips will guide you through using this resource. It’s a highly engaging activity that will create a busy-ness in your classroom that is so much fun. Comments from my students include:
• “I loved this because it was like being a detective.”
• “These are great because we have to use observation skills.”
• “I learned a lot about spiders!”

If you are interested in only the STEM Challenge, it is available separately!
Halloween STEM Quick Challenge Build a Spider Cage

If you need something for early finishers as you complete this Quest, here is the answer!
Spiders Flipper Book


For more STEM Quests, check the custom categories in my store or click below:
STEM Quest featuring Landforms An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring Space Shuttle Missions An Unlock the Box Challenge
STEM Quest featuring the Skeleton An Unlock the Box Challenge

For more Halloween STEM challenges click below:
Build a Pumpkin Launcher
Build a Haunted House Maze
Build a Pumpkin Elevator

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