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Exploring Structures in Literature Elementary STEM Unit (Grades K-2)

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

Exploring Structures in Literature is a four-week Elementary STEM Unit for Grades K-2 in which students work in teams of two to four to learn about the T and E in STEM with five in-depth activities that guide them through the whole design process. Students complete design challenges based on different literature sources.

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 in Literature Contents resource for part numbers and quantities of included items.

Details

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

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What You'll Get

  • 3 packages of construction paper
  • 12 rolls of aluminum foil
  • 2 packages of tissue paper
  • 4 packages of index cards
  • 60 plastic bottle caps
  • Package of red and white straws
  • 12 wooden blocks (1")
  • 12 erasers
  • Package of plastic spoons
  • 12 rolls of masking tape
  • 2 packages of binder clips (3/4")
  • 12 pushpin paper drills
  • 3 packages of paper fasteners
  • Long-reach hand punch
  • 6 rolls of waxed paper
  • 12 rolls of string
  • 4 packages of chipboard
  • Package of craft sticks
  • Package of toothpicks
  • 12 glue sticks
  • 2 packages of paper clips
  • 12 ping-pong balls
  • 2 packages of oval glue slugs
  • Cool-melt glue gun
  • 4 packages of jumbo craft sticks
  • 3 packages of pipe cleaners
  • 6 Fold-N-Roll ramps
  • 12 hole punches
  • 5 packages of white tubes (2")
  • Package of card stock (11" x 17")
  • 12 Classifying Structures Venn Diagram Card Sorts
  • Curious George Builds a Home book
  • We’re Sailing Down the Nile book
  • Curious George Plays Mini Golf book
  • Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House book
  • The Three Little Pigs’ Sledding Adventure book
  • Exploring Structures in Literature Unit Guide
  • Linking Literature to Structures Teacher’s Guide
  • Storage bins with lids
  • Labels and setup instructions

Resources

Learning Values

Science
  • Materials science
  • Forces
  • Data collection and analysis
Technology
  • Construction
  • Tools
  • Criteria and constraints
Engineering
  • Engineering design
  • Materials strength
  • Specifications
Math
  • Measuring lengths
  • Measuring time
  • Symmetry

Specifications

  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 4 weeks
  • Subject Area Focus: ELA, science, and math

“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