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Bridge Structures Elementary STEM Unit (Grades 3-5)

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$670.00 (USD)
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Elementary STEM Units include cross-curricular activities and experiments that teach concepts in math, science, technology, and language arts. In today’s classroom, flexibility is key, and these STEM Units were created to be easily set up and adaptable.

Bridge Structures is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit for Grades 3-5 in which students work in teams of two to four to find out about different bridging structures. Students learn how to make strong structures, investigate properties of materials, and, for their challenge, build a beam bridge.

This unit comes with a unit guide, teacher notes, scope and sequence, teacher’s guide, student pages, assessments, and all the materials needed for a class of 24 students.

Have a class of more than 24 students? No problem! Four-student add-on packages are available.

Note: If purchasing all Grades 3-5 Structures units, it is recommended that they be completed sequentially: Bridge Structures, Cantilever Structures, Suspension Structures, and then Arch Structures. The Structures Engineering Challenges Unit can be completed in a stand-alone manner.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 3-5
SKU: W41717


What You'll Get

  • 24 Finding Out About Structures student books
  • Finding Out About Structures teacher book
  • Bridge Structures Unit Guide
  • 24 rulers
  • 24 masking tape rolls (1/2")
  • 12 packages of modeling clay
  • 1,000 sheets copier paper
  • 20 balsa wood sheets (1/32" x 3" x 24")
  • 50 balsa wood strips (1/8" x 3/8" x 24")
  • 2 digital scales
  • 100 checkcard sheets
  • 24 scoring tools
  • 24 glue sticks
  • 3 storage bins with lids


Learning Values

  • Forces
  • Variables
  • Unbalanced forces
  • Construction techniques
  • Environmental perspectives
  • Historical perspectives
  • Structural engineering
  • Design process
  • Materials strength
  • Angles
  • Area
  • Data collection


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 2 weeks
  • Subject Area Focus: Physical science