Friday, December 2, 2016

5 Ways to Add STEM and Christmas in Your Classroom

Merry Christmas! 
If you are looking for something crafty and STEM related this post is for you!
I have five challenges you can try with kids from first grade to fifth grade!
STEM Challenges for Decmebr: CHeck this blog post for five ways to add STEM to your Christmas classroom activities!
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STEM Challenge for first graders! It's a cute little Christmas tree made from interlocking cubes!
First Grade Trees were a hoot! This actually happened accidentally.
In my first and second grade classes I have six tables and one day recently I gave each table different materials. I invented something each table could build with those materials and then we rotated from table to table for the whole class. One table had interlocking cubes and the task was to build a tree.
The group in the photo above made theirs a Christmas tree! So, here's your STEM challenge for firsties: Read them a Christmas picture book, give them a bin of cubes, and tell them to make a Christmas tree. They will love it and so will you! It's easy prep and easy clean up!
If you need interlocking cubes, these are the kind we use:

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STEM Challenge for December! It's the Brown Bag Christmas Tree! A few materials and a lunch sack and you have a little tree!
Here's a variation of a STEM Christmas tree. We used this challenge with third, fourth, and fifth graders. It's called the Brown Bag Christmas tree.

STEM Challenge for December! It's the Brown Bag Christmas Tree! A few materials and a lunch sack and you have a little tree!
It's a super easy one that uses a variety of easy to gather materials and brown lunch sacks and the kids design and build a tree. You can find this one in my TpT store right {HERE}!
If you use STEM projects a lot, like we do, I suggest you keep the larger containers of craft sticks like this one:

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STEM Challenge for December: Design a package to transport cookies for a Christmas gift! Check this blog post for more!
My third and fourth graders tried this one. They had to design a package to safely transport some cookies. The cookies would be "mailed" to someone for Christmas so they also had to decorate the packages.

STEM Challenge for December: Design a package to transport cookies for a Christmas gift! Check this blog post for more!
They loved this challenge - especially dropping the packages to test their durability for being mailed. We broke a few cookies, but still ate them anyway!
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STEM Challenge for December: Build a sleigh to hold packages and then find the perfect angle of ramp to slide it down! Great fun. Check the blog post for more!
Oh my, did we have fun with this one! This was tested by fifth graders. They had to build a sleigh, decorate it, and experiment with ramps to find the best angle for sliding the sleigh. We know Santa doesn't ride down ramps to deliver presents, but maybe he has to use a ramp to take off in that sleigh and get airborne! Right?

STEM Challenge for December: Build a sleigh to hold packages and then find the perfect angle of ramp to slide it down! Great fun. Check the blog post for more!
Some of them were quite creative in adding elves, Santas, presents, and reindeer to their sleigh! We loved this challenge and you can find it right {HERE}!


STEM for Christmas: Use Christmas candy and build the perfect container to hold it! Check this blog post for more Christmas STEM!
Christmas Candy Boxes is a challenge we tried a year ago, but I could not get it tested and finished before the Christmas season was over. So, when February rolled around we tried it again with some slightly different rules. Like the candy box had to be heart shaped and we used Valentine's Day candy instead.
The photos show you the possible ways to use this challenge for Christmas candy boxes. Just modify the rules a little bit and you can do it!

STEM for Christmas: Use Christmas candy and build the perfect container to hold it! Check this blog post for more Christmas STEM!
 You can find the Valentine's Day Candy Box Activity{HERE}, but make those substitutions and you can challenge your kids to build the perfect box for Christmas goodies!

So, there you are - some STEM challenges for this busy holiday season! Kids will love them!

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1 comment :

  1. Quick question - on the interlocking cube tree activity - do you give each group the same amount of cubes? Thank you for all these great ideas!

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