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Back to School STEM Challenge Cards – Grades 4-6

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 3 pages | Grades: 4 - 7

Integrate STEM activities into your back-to-school plans by guiding students to create a name badge, cantilever, and school mascot.

Use these STEM challenge cards to help your students have fun as they get to know each other and settle in for a new school year.

These activities are perfect for grades 4-6 and have been designed to keep your students engaged and moving. This teaching resource provides options for independent STEM work or group STEM work. 

These STEM activities use everyday materials that you can easily find in your classroom. Alternatively, you could ask students and parents to donate some of the materials needed for the tasks.

Back to School STEM Challenge #1 – Pencil Me In!

This fun classroom STEM activity challenges students to a name badge to wear during the first week of school. The catch is…the badge must also be capable of holding onto a pencil.

Back to School STEM Challenge #2 – Walk the Plank

Engage your buccaneers in a walk the plank build-off. In this challenge, students will build a cantilever that will support the most snap cubes in the classroom.

Back to School STEM Challenge #3 – Mascot Madness

This exciting STEM activity requires students to create a school or classroom mascot out of materials found in a standard pencil case. 

The bonus challenge? The mascot must be more than four inches tall, and it must sit or stand on its own.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the color or black and white PDF version of this resource. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

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