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By Teachers Are Terrific
A STEM Activity featuring a bucket has turned out to be one of our favorites and your students will love it, too! This challenge is to build a tower (although not a very tall one) that will hold weight. Students engineer a suspending “bucket” within
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
1,121
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By Teachers Are Terrific
The Index Card STEM Activity is surprisingly challenging! It will give your students such a fantastic engineering opportunity to think through the problems and solve them. The best part is that your prep includes one basic material and the kids take
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
1,232
Digital Download ZIP (3.85 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
This STEM activity features an earthquake simulation with students building and shaking! This amazing engineering challenge has turned out to be one of our favorites! Students must build a structure following strict rules and then test the
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
753
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Who knew a STEM Challenge using spaghetti could be so engaging? Kids love this STEM activity! It's a tower-building event using the unlikeliest of materials- spaghetti and one marshmallow. Just how tall and skinny can you make this tower and still
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
444
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By Teachers Are Terrific
This STEM Activity is a runaway hit with my students. They cheer when they see Boat Building on our agenda and your students will too! There is just something about a STEM Challenge to build a boat and testing it to see if it will float (it will).
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
1,214
Digital Download ZIP (4.76 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
My students love to build towers more than anything! They are incredibly competitive in trying to make the best and tallest tower. This set gives you three towers to try and we love all of them. Just how tall will your towers be?Please note: This
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$10.50
$8.50
586
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Our STEM Challenge about Building a Bridge (with marshmallows) has been a kid-favorite for several years. Kids love the simple materials and the task of making this one work. The bridges are not very long but will test the patience and diligence of
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.50
561
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By Teachers Are Terrific
If you are ready for an entire year's worth of STEM Challenges, including back-to-school activities, this set is the perfect choice. This collection of student-tested STEM Challenges for elementary students is jam-packed full of so many projects-
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$211.50
$138.00
307
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By Teachers Are Terrific
It’s the Popcorn STEM Activity! This is one of my absolute favorites to use as an exploration into volume. Second and third graders, especially, will enjoy this as they design those containers to hold the popcorn. Inevitably, there will be gigantic
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
709
Digital Download ZIP (4.22 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
Are you ready for a Ferris Wheel STEM activity? This fabulous problem-solving challenge features engineering symmetrical sides of a wheel that will turn freely. It is challenging, but oh so fun! Your upper elementary students will love this
Subjects:
General Science, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
277
Digital Download ZIP (3.43 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
Kids are fascinated with mazes! This easy prep STEM activity allows them to build a maze using two simple supplies! This is a Quick Challenge – one you can complete in one class session with materials you probably already have! The teacher's guide
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.00
353
Digital Download ZIP (4.07 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
If you are ready for a highly engaging STEM activity, this Airplane Challenge is for you! You know kids love to throw paper airplanes so take advantage of that energy with this STEM project! Students will experiment and use test results to design
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Projects, Printables
$4.50
417
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Do you love roller coasters? Kids do! This STEM activity is a roller coaster experience. Students have specific supplies and must design and construct a roller coaster model. They must work together and complete the challenge within a time limit. It
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
504
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Kids love mazes! This STEM activity is one my students look forward to and ask to complete! When they see mazes listed on our agenda they instantly start sketching ideas for the pathways and dead ends. They love testing their mazes and trading with
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
461
Digital Download ZIP (4.87 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
Do your students struggle to understand Newton's Laws of Motion? Here’s a set of three challenges that all involve those laws! Students will be involved in total hands-on learning as they tackle the second and third laws specifically and designing
Subjects:
General Science, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$10.50
$8.50
241
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By Teachers Are Terrific
Here's a fabulous way to display different kinds of scientists and science! This set has bold graphics and features backgrounds in many colors! This amazing set of posters will decorate your classroom or bulletin board displays to show students
Subjects:
Science
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters, Bulletin Board Ideas
$3.00
390
Digital Download PDF (16.23 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
The first time we tried a STEM Challenge I really needed a visual of the steps of the design process for my students! I needed posters! This is a full-size Poster Set featuring the steps of the Engineering Design Process with colorful backgrounds
Subjects:
Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters, Bulletin Board Ideas
$3.25
178
Digital Download PDF (11.21 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
How far can you launch something with a catapult? Can you hit a target or go over a formidable wall? This STEM Challenge catapult building experience will have your students working together to build a catapult, experiment with different angles, and
Subjects:
Measurement, Problem Solving, Engineering
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
370
Digital Download ZIP (3.25 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
If you love gorgeous watercolor backgrounds and cactus decor - this set is for you! The posters are decorated with succulents and matching backgrounds in soothing hand-painted colors. The 30 posters have quotes that are encouraging and perfect for
Subjects:
Science, Back to School, Engineering
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$3.75
274
Digital Download PDF (9.99 MB)
By Teachers Are Terrific
Is it Shark Week in your classroom? This set is perfect for some extra reading, task card games, and practicing the use of nonfiction text features!Note: This set is available in a money-saving bundle!Nonfiction Text Features Task Card BundleThis
Subjects:
General Science, Informational Text, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
$4.25
276
Digital Download ZIP (5.73 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 30+ years! This includes the regular classroom and a specialist position. Grades I have taught:

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5
  • Grades 1-2 STEM
  • Grades 3-5 STEM

MY TEACHING STYLE

I think we learn best by trying something and learning from mistakes.

  • Hands-On
  • No Fear of Failure
  • Learn by Doing

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

A shining moment in my teaching career was moving from a third-grade classroom (after 20 years) to the STEM Lab. I loved third grade but the adventure of a STEM Lab has been terrific! Over 30 years in education now!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Masters Degree in Elementary Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

"If anyone ever tells you your dreams are silly, just remember there is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle". And he probably would have been an excellent student in a STEM Lab!

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