Four End of the Year Read Alouds and STEM Challenges Your Students will Love
What are you teaching at the end of the year?
"Make" memories with your students and keep them engaged up until the last day of school with STEM!
Create a cereal box memory book to help students process the "last day blues", engineer an amazing treehouse, learn about the Chicago World's Fair and make a Ferris Wheel, and unleash the creativity of your students as they imagine, design, build, and write about their dream house using Geometry and 3D Shapes!
The following are our top 4 STEM read alouds and activities to engage students at the end of the year.
1.) If I Built a House
If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen follows the story of Jack, a young boy with a big imagination. Jack is bored with normal houses so he decides to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and a gigantic slide.
Engage students in STEM with this story by encouraging them to build their own dream house using geometrical shapes.
2.) Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis is the true story of George Farris, the engineer behind the Ferris Wheel. Take your students back in time to the 1893 World's Fair, and let them be inspired by the imagination and persistence of a man who stopped at nothing to bring his dream into existence.
Challenge your students to take on the role of an engineer and build their own Ferris Wheel.
3.) Everything You Need for a Treehouse
Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins shares different ideas and designs for a treehouse.
After reading this book, students will be inspired to design and build their own unique treehouse.
4.) Last Day Blues
Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg is the perfect end of the year book. The story helps students close out the year by reflecting on all that has happened.
Engage students creativity and give them a place to record their favorite memories from the year by having them create their own memory book.
End your year on a positive note by helping students channel the end of the year craziness into creativity! All 4 of these End of the Year Read Aloud STEM activities are bundled at a discount and available in our TPT store.
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