October 26, 2016

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: Protect-a-Pilgrim

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: In Protect-a-Pilgrim, students build a shelter designed to protect Pilgrims from wind, rain, and snow. Includes modifications grades 2 - 8.Thanksgiving is right around the corner; I can already smell the pumpkin pie! To keep kids engaged during the holiday season, why not walk them through the experiences of the Pilgrims as they settled into their new homes in the Plymouth Colony?

Over the next few weeks, I'll be going though five STEM challenges that serve that purpose:

Mini Mayflower 

(Get to where you're going)

(Build a shelter)

Pumpkin Picker 
(Gather available food)

Corn Cultivator 
(Sustainable food source)

Turkey Transporter 
(Major needs are met; time for fun!)

Last week, the Pilgrims made it to the New World in Mini Mayflower. This week, it's time to Protect-a-Pilgrim!


Students will design a shelter to protect a Pilgrim (or Native American) from wind, rain, and snow.

Where Can I Find Out More?

The video walk-through of Protect-a-Pilgrim is embedded below. In it, you'll find information about materials, modifying difficulty level, extensions and some tips & tricks to guide you, so you can better guide your students through the challenge. Check it out:

Where are the Others?

The resources are already in my TPT store, and the blog/video posts are coming over the next few weeks. This is the second of five Thanksgiving challenges. Starting Oct. 20, I'll be posting one Thanksgiving STEM challenge video every Thursday to my YouTube channel and here on my blog.

Until then, you'll find the Thanksgiving bundle briefly described in this post

All challenges are available individually and in discounted bundles in my TpT store, as well.

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