Winter STEM Activities How to Catch an Elf

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  1. Engage students with fun, seasonal STEM and book companion activities for 6 different mentor texts. Unique STEM challenges await, such as creative traps, pulley systems, catapults, grabbers, towers and more. Enjoy art and writing extensions within each unit or teach a fun, seasonal themed guided re
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Help catch Elf with an engaging STEM grabber challenge, create unique elf art, or teach a fun, winter or Christmas themed guided reading unit featuring multiple comprehension skills and worksheets as well as writing extensions in multiple genres. This book companion unit for How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace and Elekerton is packed full of enriching activities for your students. This unit is perfect for winter in the classroom or an exciting Christmas themed learning experience.

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Comprehension Skill Activities:

➙ Making Predictions

➙ Text Evidence

➙ Character, Setting, Plot

➙ Character Analysis

➙ Character

➙ Retell

➙ Story Elements

➙ Author's Purpose

➙ Sequencing

➙ Key Events

➙ Problem and Solution

➙ Text Connections

➙ Basic Comprehension


➙ Elf Craft & Writing:

  • Opinion wiring: "Is it a good idea to catch and elf?"
  • How-to writing: "How I would catch an elf"


➙ STEM: Elf Grabber (simple machines: lever)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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