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Arch Structures Elementary STEM Unit

SKU: W45555
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$1,595.00 (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.

Arch Structures is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit for Grades 3-5 in which students work in teams of two to four to learn about arch structures. Students learn different ways to span gaps and develop creative design skills to construct a model skywalk.

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.

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.

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


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


What You'll Get

  • 12 rolls of masking tape
  • Package of resealable bags (1 gal)
  • 12 rulers
  • 6 quick-release clamps (4")
  • 3 digital scales
  • 3 vises
  • 12 packages of modeling clay
  • Package of check card
  • 2 packages of wooden sticks
  • 12 Bridges Flash Card Sets
  • Box (36")
  • 6 rolls of string
  • 6 tape measures
  • 12 glue sticks
  • 3 packages of oval glue slugs
  • 3 cool-melt glue guns
  • 3 drill bit sets
  • 3 hand drills
  • 3 Mini Easy Cutters
  • Package of card grid
  • Arch Structures Unit Guide
  • Finding Out About Structures Teacher’s Guide
  • 24 Finding Out About Structures Student Books
  • Storage bins with lids
  • Labels and setup instructions


Learning Values

  • Forces
  • Load
  • Habitat
  • Criteria and constraints
  • Design processes
  • Materials science
  • Structures
  • Designing to specifications
  • Scale and structure
  • Teamwork
  • Distribution
  • Logic
  • Accuracy


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