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Holiday STEM Activities for December


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Five STEM Christmas Challenges for December will engage students! Perfect for holiday science and engineering and December STEM Activities. These holiday STEM activities have lesson plans, follow-up pages, and clear directions for each Christmas STEM challenge. A slide show on planning an investigation and thinking about variables is included. These Christmas STEM challenges are fun and creative. It can be used as party activities and Engineering Challenges.

These December STEM activities come with:

★ lesson plans
★ follow-up pages
★ clear directions for each STEM challenge.
★ a Fair Test (variables) slide show

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Tracey ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Extremely Satisfied

Great holiday STEM activities. We did every single one! Super fun and easy with great directions and follow-up pages. My students were thrilled!

Kristen⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Extremely Satisfied

Great STEM engineering activities with a Christmas theme. My students were really engaged and loved each of these activities. The Christmas Tree was a huge hit and we ended up making it into a light up Christmas card! So fun!

These Holiday STEM activities are aligned with NGSS 3-5 Standards for Engineering.

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Students will use ALL Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

The five STEM Holiday challenges included are:

  • Dissolve a Candy Cane
  • Make a Light-Up Ornament
  • Make an Electrical Paper Circuit tree
  • Make a Zipline for Santa to ride
  • Make a Shelf for an Elf

Science concepts:

  • Electrical circuits
  • Dissolving and Solubility
  • Fair Tests
  • Design Thinking and Engineering
  • Testing and Refining

You will need coin batteries and LED lights for the light-up ornaments.

You will need copper tape for the paper circuit tree. Students will make a paper circuit to light up a Christmas tree. You will also need a coin battery, paperclip and LED lights for each student.

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