I love finding opportunities to connect STEM Challenges with the books we are reading in class. We read, "The One and Only Ivan", by Katherine Applegate. This book is simply amazing. It is the story of a silverback gorilla that spends 27 years of his life in a shopping mall as an attraction. It is based on a true story. We did a lot of discussing and a lot of persuasive writing with this book.
We also did a lot of STEM...
Of the five STEM challenges we did with this book, this was my students' favorite one. They each got five straws, a piece of cardboard, some air-dry clay and a plastic zoo animal. Their goal was to create a cage for their animal that could hold the most weight. These pictures show our animal cages AFTER we tested them.
We had quite a few different ideas. Students always get SO excited when we extend our reading into STEM challenge lessons.