Monday, December 5, 2016

What to do With a Box? Challenge - Connecting Literature and STEM

Connecting picture books and STEM seems so natural in an elementary classroom, but I know it can also be successfully done in even middle and high school classrooms.  Each quarter, we send home a STEM Challenge Project and this is one of the students' favorites!  Here are some of their projects!

We based this set of STEM projects on the book, What Can You Do With a Box?,  by Jane Yolen.

Students got a 6 x 6 x 6 cardboard box, which you can buy in bulk on Amazon (you can get 25 of them for $6.95)!  

If you want detailed directions and lab sheets, you can buy this STEM pack in my TpT store!  Click here for the link.

These look great displayed in the hallway or classroom!  Our students were so proud of their creations and they loved giving a short presentation to their classmates about their box project!

What can you do with a cardboard box?


  1. I am confused on one thing. In the challenge rules, you said that the students must use only the supplies provided. Later on that same page, you said they can build something creative from a cardboard box and any other materials they want to use. This is confusing to me - what other materials did you give them?

  2. Hi there! It is up to you whether the kids do the project at home or at school. If done at school, they are limited by the materials available to them.


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