Wednesday, March 21, 2018

STEM Activity: The Three Little Pigs

Hi everyone!

Last week we were practicing comparing & contrasting using different versions of The Three Little Pigs. You can read about the books & activities that we used {here}.
To wrap up the week, we had a STEM challenge related to the three little pigs!

There are so many STEM ideas for The Three Little Pigs online so I adapted a few to make them work for my students.
I have uploaded a quick freebie that includes a pig & wolf template that you can use!

I provided my students with toothpicks and dots candy.
I required them to use at least 10 of each but I had more on hand if they needed more...and most of them did!
My students worked in groups of 2 or 3 (they got to choose who to work with). I wanted them to communicate and collaborate but didn't want the groups to be so big that it created conflict.
They *loved* this activity! They were so excited and jumped right into it trying to figure out how to make a house around the pig. The only modeling that I did was to show them how they could stick the toothpick in the dot to make it stick, but other than that they were on their own.

It was so interesting to hear their logic and thought processes and I will admit...I was impressed!
This is definitely something that I will do again in the future.

Here are some pictures of the students in action...I covered them for privacy, but I wanted to make sure you could still see those smiles! :)

Let me know in the comments if you have any similar activities that I could try with my students!

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