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STEM Engineering Challenge Novel Pack ~ Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

What teacher doesn't love to use novels in the classroom? As a STEM coordinator, I am always looking for creative ways for teachers to integrate STEM engineering and design challenges into their classroom activities. I decided to work on creating STEM Engineering Challenge Packs for some beloved novels.

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STEM: Ecological Organization Interactive Notebook (INB) Activities

Six science notebook activities that can be used to teach, review and assess students’ understanding of biotic factors and abiotic factors and the organizational levels in the environment. A guide and answer key for each activity is included to assist in implementation. Biomes | Abiotic Biotic Factors | Living or Non-living | Ecology | Environment | Interactive Notebooks Science

Light Circuits: Depending on the grade level of the students, you can have them build a very simple circuit or a very complex circuit with both series and parallel circuits combined. For my students I have them use file folders in order to design and build a series on one side, then a parallel on the other with certain parameters for the switches. The students have an amazing time and there is always 100% participation and together we saved those lights from a trip to the landfill!