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December 14, 2016

Super Silly Seasonal STEM

By Lindsey Petlak
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    It’s the countdown to winter break, so why not make the most of your students’ excitement and imagination by engaging them in super fun seasonal STEM? Home Alone is one of the most beloved holiday classics, and lends itself perfectly to set the stage for STEM project inspiration. Your kids will absolutely love trying to stump, trick, and trap Harry and Marv. 

    Best of all, you can use everyday materials, recyclables, and junk for your kiddo creations, and the prep work you need is all here (including video clips, instructions, and freebies) for you in this post! Make use of my classroom website tutorial for full access to online resources! You can walk into your classroom TOMORROW and easily execute this amazing STEM activity, and you'll be smiling and laughing while you do so!

     


     

    SET THE SCENE:

    Kick off this silly STEM project by building background knowledge for your students. Some of your students may have never seen the movie, and they don’t need to. With the clips on my classroom website you can set the scene for how Kevin gets left at home, the problems he encounters, and the marvelous mischief he creates to beat the burglars!

    Students learn about simple machines in order to thwart holiday home intruders. Click on the image below to see video tutorials about simple machines. It's important for your students to understand how these work so that they may create the best burglar traps possible. COMBINE more than one SIMPLE MACHINE to create a COMPOUND MACHINE!

    YouTube has tons of great free tutorial videos on simple machines, and BrainPop.com is great and offers free simple machine videos, too!


     

    THWART HOLIDAY HOME INTRUDERS (INSTRUCTIONS):

     
    1. Watch video clips on my classroom website to build background knowledge and be inspired.

    2. Explore the SIMPLE MACHINES VIDEOS to learn about the components you will need to build your burglar traps.

    3. Complete THIS FORM identifying which SIMPLE MACHINE(s) Kevin uses in his master burglar trap design!

    4. You must include AT LEAST SIX simple or complex machine burglar traps in your FINAL DESIGN.

    5. You may copy NO MORE THAN ONE of Kevin's burglar traps in your own design.

    6. You must MODEL AT LEAST TWO of your final burglar traps.

    7. NO MORE THAN FOUR people in your design TEAM.

    8. Complete your TEAM ENGINEERING PLANNING FORM BEFORE you draw your map plans (#9) or begin modeling 

    9. Draw your plans on GRID PAPER AND LABEL every burglar trap with WHICH SIMPLE MACHINES it includes and a NAME you give to it.

    10. MODEL your burglar traps! (at least two)

    11. Complete this MY BURGLAR TRAPS FORM to describe your design and show what simple machines make up each of your traps!

     

     

    KEVIN WOULD BE PROUD!

    Check out my students in action as they scheme to outsmart Harry and Marv. They work so diligently and hate having to stop the STEM fun! I am always blown away with the imaginative, practical, incredibly clever creations that students come up with when posed with interesting real world problems!!

     
     

     

     

    It’s the countdown to winter break, so why not make the most of your students’ excitement and imagination by engaging them in super fun seasonal STEM? Home Alone is one of the most beloved holiday classics, and lends itself perfectly to set the stage for STEM project inspiration. Your kids will absolutely love trying to stump, trick, and trap Harry and Marv. 

    Best of all, you can use everyday materials, recyclables, and junk for your kiddo creations, and the prep work you need is all here (including video clips, instructions, and freebies) for you in this post! Make use of my classroom website tutorial for full access to online resources! You can walk into your classroom TOMORROW and easily execute this amazing STEM activity, and you'll be smiling and laughing while you do so!

     


     

    SET THE SCENE:

    Kick off this silly STEM project by building background knowledge for your students. Some of your students may have never seen the movie, and they don’t need to. With the clips on my classroom website you can set the scene for how Kevin gets left at home, the problems he encounters, and the marvelous mischief he creates to beat the burglars!

    Students learn about simple machines in order to thwart holiday home intruders. Click on the image below to see video tutorials about simple machines. It's important for your students to understand how these work so that they may create the best burglar traps possible. COMBINE more than one SIMPLE MACHINE to create a COMPOUND MACHINE!

    YouTube has tons of great free tutorial videos on simple machines, and BrainPop.com is great and offers free simple machine videos, too!


     

    THWART HOLIDAY HOME INTRUDERS (INSTRUCTIONS):

     
    1. Watch video clips on my classroom website to build background knowledge and be inspired.

    2. Explore the SIMPLE MACHINES VIDEOS to learn about the components you will need to build your burglar traps.

    3. Complete THIS FORM identifying which SIMPLE MACHINE(s) Kevin uses in his master burglar trap design!

    4. You must include AT LEAST SIX simple or complex machine burglar traps in your FINAL DESIGN.

    5. You may copy NO MORE THAN ONE of Kevin's burglar traps in your own design.

    6. You must MODEL AT LEAST TWO of your final burglar traps.

    7. NO MORE THAN FOUR people in your design TEAM.

    8. Complete your TEAM ENGINEERING PLANNING FORM BEFORE you draw your map plans (#9) or begin modeling 

    9. Draw your plans on GRID PAPER AND LABEL every burglar trap with WHICH SIMPLE MACHINES it includes and a NAME you give to it.

    10. MODEL your burglar traps! (at least two)

    11. Complete this MY BURGLAR TRAPS FORM to describe your design and show what simple machines make up each of your traps!

     

     

    KEVIN WOULD BE PROUD!

    Check out my students in action as they scheme to outsmart Harry and Marv. They work so diligently and hate having to stop the STEM fun! I am always blown away with the imaginative, practical, incredibly clever creations that students come up with when posed with interesting real world problems!!

     
     

     

     

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