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STEM Activity - Ice Cream Shop Design Project

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 4

Use reading, writing, math, and STEM skills to plan, design, and advertise an Ice Cream Shop with a STEM education project for elementary students.

End of Year Projects -Design an Ice Cream Shop STEM Project

This Ice Cream Shop Design Project is a fun way for your students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Students will design their ice cream shop and advertise it to visitors in this project. Students will use their creativity, analytical skills, and imagination to complete different tasks to develop their shop. The project provides opportunities for students to: 

  •  Choose a shop name and design a storefront.
  •  Design an inside layout for the shop.
  • Select and invent ice cream flavors.
  • Advertise the shop by creating a promotional flyer.
  • Reflect on the final product and the design process.

What is STEM Education, and Why is it Important?

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education prepares students to be successful in their careers. The skills gained from STEM activities extend far beyond the classroom walls. Students with STEM Education excel in STEM fields, and they develop varied interests that can prove successful in other areas.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Science lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this STEM project to enhance learning through partner projects, whole-class discussions, or remote learning opportunities.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Assist students with learning challenges by participating in brainstorming and listing conversations with them.

Discuss the different features and how those features might contribute to their overall design idea.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Encourage fast finishers to create a large-scale depiction of their ice cream shop, write a newspaper ad, or create a slide show advertising their location.

Check out more of our End of Year Projects and Activities!

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Illinois and Teach Starter Collaborator.

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