Don't you just absolutely LOVE STEM challenges? I do! If you haven't tried them and are looking for a way to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math learning into your themes, then you need to check them out. This week my first and second graders were challenged with the question: Can you build a Mayflower that can hold the most cargo. (Cargo being pennies) They were only allowed 1 foot of aluminum, 2 straws, 1 piece of paper and 6 inches of tape. They had a blast while learning about measurement, engineering, data collection, graphing as well as the new learning they acquired about boat shapes and buoyancy!
If you'd like to check out my collection of STEM activities for Thanksgiving, click here.