Monday, May 9, 2016

FREE and Engaging End of the Year STEM Project!

Congratulations you have almost made it to the end of the school year! As you begin wrapping up standardized testing season I'm sure you have begun to experience the burn out that is common around this time in the school year. Your kids are experiencing it as well. Why not take some time to recharge? Why not spend some time reigniting your students' passion for learning? Why not try an engaging STEM project???!!


The best thing about this project is that all of the materials you need are things commonly found in the classroom. Divide your students into groups of 2-3. The materials needed for each group include:

      • 1 piece of construction paper (any color)
      • 1 piece of printer paper
      • 1 pair of scissors
      • 1 ruler
      • 1 strip of masking tape measuring 12 inches long
Give each group of students 30 minutes to make the longest paper chain possible with the materials provided. Students are not allowed to use any extra materials other than the ones provided by the teacher. 

At the end of the 30 minute time limit have two students from each group come up to the front of the classroom to have their chain measured. One student will hold each end of the paper chain. If your students have had a lot of practice with measurement you could even have each students help with measuring. The only catch is that if the chain breaks during the measurement process the students in the group must decide which of the broken sides they want measured. The team with the longest paper chain will be declared the winner.

I hope your students enjoy this activity just as much as mine did!


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