Thanksgiving STEM Pack

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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November is one of those months where we want to focus on the Mayflower and Thanksgiving, however how about a little twist this year? Use STEM connections to teach culturally responsive lessons that incorporate kindness, working through adversity, and sharing of traditions and favorite celebratory meals.

Finding ways to teach both sides of history as well as connect our students with hands on STEM challenges allows for any educator to find a way to teach holidays differently. Three STEM challenges included, writing connections, video links, and picture book ideas as well as supply lists, STEM How to sheets and record sheets!

STEM Challenges Include:

Build the Mayflower out of supplies given by your teacher, focus is on learning about the adversity and struggles that the Pilgrims went through and how we can deal with struggles of our own when we are struggling, too.

2. Let’s Talk Traditions: Thanksgiving Table STEM challenge and cultural connections that focus on sharing of favorite family meals, celebrations that we take part in, and what a Thanksgiving meal looks like in our homes

3. The Wampanoags and their role in the Pilgrim’s survival/ Food Pouch/Container creation along with a connection to kindness, helping others, and what outcomes could be (this is a great opportunity to tie in Native American History, making connections to the past)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.


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