Thanksgiving STEM Activities | November Activities and Thanksgiving Activities

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Are you looking for a fun way to keep your students engaged and learning during the beginning of the holiday season? Then try these Thanksgiving activities that focus on STEM designs! Your students will be super excited to work together to construct different elements associated with the holiday to help build STEM skills while also reviewing Thanksgiving content at the same time!

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These engaging Thanksgiving STEM Challenges Include:

  • Build a Mayflower to get the Pilgrims to the New World
  • Construct a Native American home to keep them safe from the weather elements
  • Build a Thanksgiving table that can hold all of your food necessary for a Thanksgiving feast
  • Construct a turkey launcher to help Tom the Turkey escape before he is eaten

With each Thanksgiving challenge, you will receive:

✓ Outline

✓ Teacher brief for all items needed and the goal

✓ Anchor chart to keep the students understanding the intended goal

✓ Design page

✓ Recording page

✓ Reflection page to help to follow and understand student thinking!

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When would I use these Thanksgiving activities?

I created these November STEM activities to use for Fun Fridays in my classroom! The students can’t wait to get to the STEM time and see what the next challenge will be. You can also use these Thanksgiving STEM challenges during your usual Science time.

How are these Thanksgiving STEM challenges different from others?

  1. Materials were chosen based on availability and cost. We spend too much on our classrooms as it is. These materials should already be in your room or very cheap and easy to get. I like to give a variety of materials to my students so they can design the challenges differently.
  2. All challenges have included a MATH component for the engagement with a competition aspect. Many STEM activities leave out the “M”. I like this added challenge because I want the students to reflect on their design and how they could make it better.

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