Thankful for STEM: November STEM and STEAM Challenges for Kids
Thanksgiving STEM and STEAM Activities
STEM Activities for Kids is thankful for STEM! To celebrate Thanksgiving, we have put together a list of our favorite STEM and STEAM challenges for November.
From Teachers are Terrific: Turkey Bowl Football Tournament
From Meredith at Momgineer: Pilgrim and Wampanoag STEM
From Get Caught Engineering: STEM and a Parade
With the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade as their starting point for a November STEM unit, Wendy and Cheryl of Get Caught Engineering have been able to integrate reading, research, science, technology, engineering, and math during the busy week before Thanksgiving. Their STEM and Stories series provides students pages and teacher notes for the picture book, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. Find ideas for that and other Thanksgiving parade resources at their website.
From Brooke Brown: Low Prep Thanksgiving STEM
Dinner Tables, Mayflower Ships, and Turkey Hideouts! These three low prep Thanksgiving themed STEM challenges are sure to keep your little engineers engaged (and help you keep your sanity) all month long!
From Brittany Washburn
In these digital activities, students from grades K-5 can practice their tech skills while engaging in November themed learning activities. From unscrambling a turkey puzzle to designing a cornucopia using only basic shapes and colors, students will be challenged to use their background knowledge and available resources to complete the tasks. Perfect for tech teachers, media specialists, homeschool, or any mixed age group with access to Google Slides or PowerPoint. Read more about these 22 November Themed Technology Activities.
From Vivify STEM:
We are forever thankful for STEM education and the promising future it gives to our world. From designing a turkey nest for an egg drop challenge to sailing the Mayflower, we have compiled a list of our current favorite Thanksgiving STEM activities for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to grab our FREEBIE Thankful for STEM resource!
From Sarah at STEM to STEAM Trio
Students absolutely love to complete WebQuests! To find out what a WebQuest is, how to create a WebQuest for your students, and what it should look like in your classroom read this post. Of course, since you are looking for STEM activities I have included a WebQuest with a STEAM challenge that is perfect for Thanksgiving! Students will work cooperatively with others to complete the WebQuest, then use some of the information they have gathered to create a wild turkey that can balance on a tree branch! All you need is a few easy to find materials!
From Renee at Science School Yard
There are many reasons why the The Science School Yard is thankful for STEM! Using great picture books to help guide the way is one BIG reason! Using Run, Turkey, Run for example can help bring in language arts components to your STEM project. Use a story map to include main idea and details to create a maze for the “turkey” or marble to get from one side of the box to the other showing the story line along the way! You can even use science concepts such as force and motion to find ways to use The Scarecrow Boy to create scarecrows to be placed in a cornfield! Is there a way for the scarecrow to move? Is there a way to push or pull the scarecrow’s parts to scare away the crows? Check out the blog post to see these activities and more in action! You will be “thankful” you did!
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