Trap a Leprechaun STEM - Oh no! You found the gold, but the leprechaun is trying to take it back! Build a trap from the available supplies to catch the leprechaun. In this March STEM challenge your students will learn some facts about the legend of the leprechaun and will complete the challenge of building a trap to catch him. Students must stick to a budget and use the available supplies. This STEM challenge meets several NGSS standards and encourages critical thinking, budgeting, and engineering skills.
Suggested Plan of Implementation:
Prior Week: Send home the parent letter requesting supplies. Gather needed materials.
Day One – Introduce and discuss the “Let’s Talk About It – slide. Introduce the Problem and the STEM Challenge.
Day Two – Introduce and discuss the budget options. Use the planning page to illustrate or write out the building idea.
Day Three – “Purchase” supplies for the build. Work on budget. Begin the building process.
Day Four – Work on and complete the structure.
Day Five – Test the structure. Complete the Self-Evaluation Page
This is certainly not the only way to use these materials. They are designed to be flexible and be used to best suit each classroom and teacher based on the ability of the learner, time constraints and teacher preference.
Please check out the preview to get a glimpse of everything that is included.
You will get:
"The Problem" slide to discuss the problem of the leprechaun with the students.
"The Challenge" slide to discuss with students
"Let's Talk About It: The Tale of the Leprechaun" slide to discuss and build background knowledge of the legend of the leprechaun
Plan for Implementation
Parent Letter requesting supplies
Leprechaun figure printable in color and black and white options
Pot of gold printable in color and B&W
Student Building Plan (2 versions)
STEM Challenge Journal Page (or stand alone printable)
Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)
Writing Page - My 3 Wishes
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