US History STEM & STEAM Challenges & PBL Activities (Project Based Learning) Bundle!
These resources have science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really enhance their learning!
This bundle contains 14 StudentSavvy STEM and PBL Resources!
Topics Include: Early Native Americans, Cherokee, Age of Discovery, Original 13 Colonies, Events Leading Up to the Revolutionary War, American Revolution, and The Constitution STEM Challenges.
U.S. History STEM Challenges!
Each STEM Challenge has detailed directions, photo examples, a list of materials needed, prediction section, brainstorming section, trials 1, 2, & 3, final results section with drawings, and a reflection section.
The STEM Challenges include:
The STEM Challenge: While using string and beads, students must create a coded message. Each bead represents a letter of the alphabet or a space in between words. STEM groups must decide what colors they will use for each letter in their message.. Other STEM groups will try to decipher their code (more instructions included in the resource)
Challenge #1 Design a Cherokee Winter Home
Students design a model of a Cherokee Winter Home using a limited amount of supplies
Challenge #2 Design a Cherokee Summer Home
Students design a model of a Cherokee Summer Home using a limited amount of supplies
The STEM Challenge: Using a list of supplies, STEM groups (of 4) must design a sailing ship. The goal of this challenge is to create the fastest sailing ship. This will be measured by one member of the STEM group powering the ship by blowing through a straw. The STEM teams will line up their ships to compete. The fastest ship wins the challenge! (more instructions included in the resource)
The STEM Challenge: Using the supplies below, students must engineer a model of a plow. The plow must have functioning wheels where the contraption can be pulled around while the wheels spin.... (more instructions in the download)
The STEM Challenge: Using a list of supplies, STEM groups must engineer a model of a spinning wheel! The model must contain the following elements: a drive wheel, a bobbin, and legs. The drive wheel must be able to spin... (more instructions in the download)
The STEM Challenge: Using a list of supplies, STEM groups students must design a colonial haversack model that can hold as much weight as possible (more instructions included in the download)
The STEM Challenge: Using the supplies below, STEM groups must create a unique ink recipe. The challenge is to create a recipe that produces a dark, thick ink that students can write clearly with... (more instructions included in the download)
Students will create their very own PBL booklet. PBL activities utilize creative learning and real-world problem-solving strategies!
Students use mapping skills as well as knowledge of simple machines to build tools!
Welcome to the Cliff Dwellers Civilization!
Students travel back in time to 500AD to conduct research and engage in activities all about the Cliff Dwellers.
Welcome to 1820-1840, You have traveled back in time to the 1800’s, where there was rising tension between the colonists and Native American people.
Age of Discovery | Early Explorers
Welcome to the Age of Discovery! You have traveled back in time to the 15th and 17th centuries, during a time of exploration and discovery. Explorers traveled from their home countries to new corners of the world.
Welcome to the 13 Colonies!
You have traveled back in time to 1732, where Georgia, the last of the 13 colonies, has been established.
Welcome to 1765-1775
You travel back in time to the late 1700’s. Tensions are strong between the British and the colonists. The Proclamation of 1763 was a major source of conflict for the two groups.
Welcome to the American Revolution!
You travel back in time to 1775, where the minutemen are alerted the British are on their way. A shot is fired, but you don’t know which side fired first. Eight colonists are killed in battle, and the British continue into Concord.
You travel back in time to 1787, when the Constitutional Convention was held. Delegates came together to address the issues with the Articles of Confederation. They discussed how the weak central government needed to be changed.
Activities include: The Constitutional Convention Journal, Articles of Confederation Strengths and Weaknesses, Build Your Own Independence Hall, Hold Your Own Convention, Events Mapping, Creating Your Own Constitution
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