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Straw Structures Elementary STEM Activity Guide

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While straw structures might look simple, they offer a variety of activities to demonstrate shapes. This elementary guide is written for Grades 3-5. With these fun activities, students grasp a variety of subjects including shapes, lines, forces, loads, and tons more.

The Straw Structures Elementary STEM Activity Guide contains the NGSS, CCSSM, and CCSSELA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for math, science, and engineering activities; assessment questions; and student pages. This guide contains two guided inquiry lessons and a culminating engineering challenge for students to apply concepts learned through the inquiry lessons.

Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the straw structures kits (Try This: Straw Structure Kit or Geosolids 30-Pack), playing cards, tape, rulers, glue, cardboard, string, and standard classroom tools and materials.


Type: Activity Guides and Curriculum/Teacher's Guides Grades: 3-5



Learning Values

  • Forces
  • Equilibrium
  • Materials science
  • Construction
  • Design processes
  • Historical perspectives
  • Structural engineering
  • Technological design
  • Observations/analysis
  • Geometric solids
  • Regular polygons
  • Measuring angles/lengths


  • Author: Aimee Allen and Tammy Pankey
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Pages: 25
  • Publisher: Pitsco, Inc.
  • Copyright: 2016
  • Number of Lessons: 3
  • Number of Worksheets: 4

“One student was carrying his structures project home when he met his mom. He explained what he did and what we would be doing all week. Then, he said, ‘Mom, this was so fun. I can’t wait to come back to school tomorrow.’ In all my 15 years of teaching summer school, I’ve never heard that.”

– Mario Dicarlo, Taylor Elementary, Santa Maria, California