Thanksgiving STEM Challenges (November)

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Grade Levels

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Resource Type

Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE

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9 MB | 48 pages



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This Thanksgiving themed STEM/STEAM package is perfect to engage your elementary engineers in November! Three STEM challenges and one Bonus Brainbuilder are provided and can be completed as stations or in isolation.

Includes the following LOW PREP STEM Challenges:

  • Mayflower Ship
  • Dinner Table
  • Turkey Hideout
  • Bonus Brainbuilder: Mini Magnetic Parade

Includes the following components for EACH CHALLENGE:

  • Detailed Lesson Plan with Standards, Supply Checklists, and Suggested Read Alouds
  • Digital Google Slides Notebook for Paperless Recording
  • Key Visual Vocabulary Chart
  • Photos of Possible Products
  • Digital Anchor Chart
  • Student Instructions
  • QR Code Research Videos and Website
  • Differentiated Student Recording Sheets (K-1st and 2nd-5th)
  • Reflection Discussion Chart
  • Grading Rubric
  • Supply Request Letter for ParentsINTERESTED IN STEM FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR?!! Click Below!STEM ALL YEAR

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15 reviews for Thanksgiving STEM Challenges (November)

  1. Heather H.

    My kids love these STEM activities. The directions are easy to follow and the kids are proud of their accomplishments when the task is complete. I love it for the same reasons and that it is hands on and they can work with a partner or try it by themselves. -Heather H.

  2. Rachel S.

    I used the Mayflower lesson with my students the week of Thanksgiving and they loved it! For the older grades I had them make the boat capable of handling the pennies, but the younger students just enjoyed making the boats float and move with sails. Great active activity for a week when the students need to move around! -Rachel S.

  3. Kendall G.

    This resource was crazy fun and we all loved it! It was the perfect activity for the day before Thanksgiving break. I loved how it engaged the students in their learning but was also just really enjoyable. As I mentioned, we used it in those crazy days before break when energy is high but it also connected nicely to the end of our geometry unit. I love all of theses STEM resources. Will definitely be purchasing and trying out more of them. -Kendall G.

  4. Victoria M.

    My students are so engaged every time I use any of Ms. Brown’s material! My kids loved trying to make the thanksgiving table in this packet. -Victoria M.

  5. Julie E.

    My class had a lot of fun designing a table to hold the Thanksgiving food! I look forward to using it again next year, along with the turkey hideout. Thanks for making a fun and engaging resource! -Julie E.

  6. Missi T.

    These monthly STEM challenges are perfect for both in-classroom and at home. Lots of detailed instructions along with additional science information for the students. We’ve loved each month! -Missi T.

  7. Amy Tomkins

    Truly the best month for these STEM projects, my class enjoyed every one. The dinner table was the best!! Easy to organize and prepare for, loved each activity!

  8. Maria F.

    This was so much fun for my 1st grade students. They really enjoyed making a turkey hideout. I also used this as a fun activity with our 3rd grade buddy class. It was so fun and engaging for the whole group. I see more of these activities in my future. -Maria F.

  9. Learning Out Loud

    These were wonderful activities. I purchased two licenses so that another teacher and I could switch classes and each take one of the tasks on different days. The kids had a wonderful time learning interesting facts through the videos, as well as hearing the stories and completing the challenges. Thank you! -Learning Out Loud

  10. caitlin A.

    This was the perfect resource for Thanksgiving related hands on activities. My kids LOVED completing the challenges. The information links and questions just put it to the next level with keeping them engaged. Thank you!! -caitlin A.

  11. Jessica A.

    STEM is always super fun! I especially love all of your monthly STEM activities! My students always have a blast with them! -Jessica A.

  12. Mary Moore

    My kids loved the dinner table activity! It sparked lots of thought and meaningful conversation among my students. Highly recommend! -Mary Moore

  13. Madeline Z.

    We’ve only done the Mayflower activity so far. My students had a blast doing this project! It worked for all of my second graders, no matter their level of learning. I love this, and I cannot wait to continue with the projects. -Madeline Z.

  14. Morgan T.

    My students are obsessed with these STEM kits!! These activities are so easy to follow and I love that you’ve included vocab words and videos. -Morgan T.

  15. Cecilia B.

    My second graders loved using this resource! We used two of the activities as rotations during our class party before winter break (turkey hideout and dinner table. I’ll use with my third graders this year! -Cecilia B.

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