I love connecting STEM Challenges to other content areas, especially unexpected ones, like social studies. After learning all about the continents, oceans, and lines of latitude and longitude, we created these Balloon Globes.
This STEM Challenge requires pretty easy to find and cheap materials. Students just need punch balloons (I got a great deal on them at Amazon) and black sharpie markers. We started by marking the equator and prime meridian, then I pretty much let the kids go to work.
They all turned out great and it was a hands-on, engaging way to check student understanding of these topics. They also look fantastic hanging up in the hallway!
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