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Exploring Structures for Animals Elementary STEM Unit (Grades K-2)

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$650.00 (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 Elementary STEM Units were created to be easy to set up and adaptable.

Exploring Structures for Animals is a three-week Elementary STEM Unit for Grades K-2 in which students work in teams of two to four to find out basics about structures and to do several experiments and activities, including designing and building four tall structures from different materials. They also build a bird’s nest as well as a home for a pet.

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.

See the Exploring Structures for Animals Contents resource for part numbers and quantities of included items.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: K-2


What You'll Get

  • 500 sheets of white paper
  • 3 packages of tissue paper
  • Package of red and white straws
  • 12 rolls of masking tape
  • Display board
  • Package of resealable bags (1 gal)
  • 2 packages of cardboard tubes
  • 12 boxes of modeling clay
  • 12 Buildings Flash Card Sets
  • 12 Animal Homes Flash Card Sets
  • Box (36")
  • Package of balsa wood strips
  • Package of art straws
  • 2 packages of jumbo craft sticks
  • Package of card stock (11" x 17")
  • Homes Across America Big Book
  • Exploring Structures for Animals Unit Guide
  • Finding Out About Structures Teacher’s Guide
  • 24 A Home for a Pet Student Books
  • Storage bins with lids
  • Labels and setup instructions


Learning Values

  • Stability
  • Forces
  • Materials science
  • Construction
  • Attributes of design
  • Tools
  • Design process
  • Developing models
  • Structural engineering
  • Measurements
  • Height and weight
  • Capacity


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 3 weeks
  • Subject Area Focus: Life science

“The units have a really heavy engineering focus. My kindergartners build animal homes. My second graders build park rides. Right now, my second graders are building containers to protect four cookies and give them as a gift. . . . I really love that at the K-2 level, the kids get to think and create and engineer stuff.”

– Deb Rouse, K-6 STEM specialist, North Cedar Community School District, North Cedar, Iowa