The Biggest Snowman Ever Build a Snowman STEM Activity
Getting kids to focus during the winter months was always a struggle for me. The cold temperatures made it impossible to go outside, leaving kids with no way to burn off energy. Times like these require extremely engaging lessons to keep students focused and engaged.
Fortunately, I found the secret to keeping students engaged, even during the long winter months…STEM! You too can increase student engagement during the long winter months with a STEM activity like building a snowman using the read-aloud The Biggest Snowman Ever.
BUILD A SNOWMAN STEM ACTIVITY
Material List (for each group of 3-4 students):
1 tin pan
3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup white colored conditioner
2 popsicle sticks
small beads and pipe cleaners
plastic table cloths (optional)
Divide students into groups of 3-4.
Before beginning the activity read The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll in order to set up the STEM activity scenario for students. After reading, give each group the materials listed above. Challenge students to use the materials to build the tallest snowman that can stand on its own. Each snowman should include eyes, a nose, and arms.
Before beginning the challenge, have each group mix together 3 cups baking soda and 1/2 cup of white colored conditioner in the tin pan to create the snow. (In order to save time you could also do this step ahead of time.)
Allow students approximately 10 minutes to plan their design individually and another 10-20 minutes to plan as a team. Students will have 30 minutes to build their snowmen (shorten or lengthen the time depending on the ages and needs of your students). At the end of the time limit measure the snowmen to see which one is the tallest.
If time allows, have students complete the challenge again in an attempt to make an even taller snowman.
Engage students in STEM with this fun winter challenge! For more information, in depth teacher instructions, student handouts, a STEM journal, and student planning and reflection pages, view the full resource HERE.
Be sure to check out the rest of our January Read-Aloud STEM Challenges!
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