The Wonderful Wizard of Oz STEM Activity - The Yellow Brick Road Gets Upcycled

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Fairy tales and STEM are the perfect pair. Get your students hooked on STEM with a fairy tale story problem! This story and activity includes a building challenge called The Yellow Brick Road Get Upcycled.

STEM tales are a series of STEM challenges that are accessible for your youngest budding engineers; they use a fairy tale that your students are likely already familiar with. By adding in a story element, those students that might typically shy away from STEM activities may find joy in transporting themselves into a story to solve a problem. If you are reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to your students, this is a great companion activity. It can also be used as a stand-alone STEM challenge.

Dorothy has found herself in an unusual place, filled with Munchkins and without the Wicked Witch they feared. Dorothy needs to get home to Kansas, but before she does, she has an idea to help the Munchkins start anew by repurposing the yellow brick road.

Materials Needed: You will need some "bricks" for this activity. You can use building bricks, dominoes, cubes, wooden planks, etc. I recommend 30-50 per team.

What You'll Get

✅ Instructions and sample images

✅ 8-page story book to guide your students through the engineering design process, using the 5-step process: Ask - Imagine - Plan - Create - Improve

✅ Printable characters

✅ Data recording sheet

✅ Mapping extension activities

3 bonus STEM challenges

✅ Coloring page

✅ Rubric

✅ Certificate of completion

✅ Graphic organizers for students to retell, sequence, and contrast and compare fairy tales

This STEM tale supports the NGSS standard 2-PS1-3.

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Disclaimer: I have done my best to keep these as safe as possible. However, please make sure that you do your own due diligence when performing any STEM challenge. Adult supervision is necessary. Please use care, caution, and your best judgement when performing any STEM challenge, engineering challenge, or science experiment. The seller disclaims all liability for any damage or injury which might arise from the use of any of these projects.

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

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