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Follow this link to listen to Press Here.

*After listening to the book, come back here and answer the questions and complete the STEM Challenge! 

Read these questions and discuss them with your parents. 

1. How does the author make you feel like you are part of this book?

2. How did you figure out which dots are out of order in the pattern? Could this help you when you are figuring out math problems?

3. Which math skills do you practice while following the directions in this book?

4. How is this book different than other books you have read? Does it have a storyline? What about characters or other story elements that you know about from studying books? 

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Before beginning your STEM Challenge - talk to your parents and brain storm different ways that objects can move. List your ideas on paper. (Example: roll, slide, turn...etc). Now brainstorm ways that WE make objects move (Eample: push). *Newton's Third Law of Motion is "For every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action".

Challenge Description: Use a variety of toys and school supplies to create chain reactions in which one object is pushed or pulled (action) to collide with another object (reaction). Examples: toy car rolls into a domino train to push it over. 

Suggested Materials:

  • toy cars
  • dominoes
  • marbles
  • toy balls
  • wooden planks
  • blocks
  • school supplies

Share your picture or video on our DVES Facebook page! I would love to see your design! Oh, one more thing,  add the answers to these questions to your Facebook post.

1. One thing that was EASY?

2. One thing that was HARD?

3. One new thing I LEARNED?

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Here is a few 'extra' task cards! 

  • Make your own version of a "Press Here" book.
  • Make a trap.
  • Make a blueprint for a robot that obeys your commads.
  • Make a chain reaction using only school supplies. 

Follow this link to listen to Iggy Peck Architect.

*After listening to the book, come back here and answer the questions and complete the STEM Challenge! 

Read these questions and discuss them with your parents. 

1. Did Iggy's parents buy him expensive materials for his creations? 

2. What did Iggy build?

3. How would you feel if you were stuck in an elevator for two days?

4. I noticed something on the page where the bridge collapse. Go look at that page again... what did the author do with the words? Why do you think the author did that?

 

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Before beginning your STEM Challenge - talk to your parents about  2D and 3 D shapes.  

STEM CHALLENGE:

Can you construct 2D shaps and 3D solids using only fruit snacks and toothpicks?

Suggested Materials:

  • Fruit snack (2 pouchs per kiddo)
  • Toothpicks (about 25 per kiddo)

Share your picture or video on our DVES Facebook page! I would love to see your design! Oh, one more thing,  add the answers to these questions to your Facebook post.

1. One thing that was EASY?

2. One thing that was HARD?

3. One new thing I LEARNED?

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Here is a few 'extra' task cards! 

  • Make a bridge that holds weight.
  • Make a tall tower.
  • Make a blueprint of your house.
  • Make a blueprint for a new playground. 

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Follow this link to listen to Where the Wild Things Are

 

*After listening to the book, come back here and answer the questions and complete the STEM Challenge! 

Read these questions and discuss them with your parents. 

1. Do you think the wold costume influenced Max to do bad things? Explain your reasoning. 

2. Look at the picture where the forest began to grow. What do you notice about Max's eyes? What does this tell you?

3. Did the WIld Things scare Max?

4. When the WIld Things and Max were looking up at the moon, what were they doing? What does this remind you of? 

5. Why does Max get lonely?

6. Who loves Max most of all?

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Before beginning your STEM Challenge - use Google to look up images of sailboats, refer back to the pictures of Max's sailboat from Where the Wild Things Are. Discuss with your parents the purposes and esings of sailboats, as well as similarities and differenes between various designs. Discuss how wind power is necessary for sailboats to move. 

 

STEM CHALLENGE:

Can you creat a sailboat that can be moved by wind without turning over?  

Suggested Materials:

  • Pool Noodle pieces cut into a variety of shapes and sizes
    • About 10 - 15 pieces 
  • 20-25 toothpicks
  • 1 straw
  • Shallow plactic tub filled with water

After you can completed your design, test it! Test your design 3 times and record your findings. Did it float? Did it stay upright? If you answered no on either of those or both of those, what modifications can you make? Test it again! 

Share your picture or video on our DVES Facebook page! I would love to see your design! Oh, one more thing,  add the answers to these questions to your Facebook post.

1. One thing that was EASY?

2. One thing that was HARD?

3. One new thing I LEARNED?

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Here is a few 'extra' task cards! 

  • Make a Wild Thing mask
  • Make a King's crown
  • Make a Wild Thing creature.
  • Plan a wild rumpus party!