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This amazing challenge has turned out to be one of our favorites! It’s an earthquake simulation activity that has students building and shaking! Students must build a homelike structure following strict rules and then test the stability of it by using a shake tray. Your kids will love building the structures and cheering when they remain standing! NOTE: There are two versions of the shake tray and 3 versions of different materials that can be used included in this resource.
The resource specifically includes the cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 5 pages of teacher directions for the gelatin version, a constraints list, 4 pages of photographs, two extra Hints page, student lab sheet with sample answers, a scoring rubric, and the Term of Use page. All forms are provided in an editable format. ★The second version includes: teacher directions for a plastic bin shake tray, three pages of photos and lists for alternative materials, and some final ideas and hints.
After many years as a classroom teacher I made a big leap to a specialist's job. I became a STEM Lab Specialist in 2013 and quickly discovered I had no resources. I literally started from scratch creating my own lessons for 17 classes of third, fourth, and fifth graders. It was slightly overwhelming. Okay, a lot overwhelming! After several months of creating new STEM resources for my classes I really felt that my lessons could be a lifesaver for busy teachers - like you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and store. Look around- I know you will find something that will suit your class perfectly!
"As always, with this resource you provided a comprehensive, user friendly, and truly awesome product! My students were beyond excited to try this challenge. Thank you for creating another slam dunk activity!"
Resource Creator & Teacher
Have you always known you were going to be a teacher? I sure have! I grew up in Germany and can still remember playing school with our neighbors that only spoke German. Somehow, kids can play even when they cannot understand each other. My dream to be a teacher continued right into high school and I really thought I would teach upper level math. But, you know, something about working in an elementary school just kept enticing me in that direction. I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grade and I'm now a STEM Specialist. I have two adult children and three fur babies. I love reading and cats and coffee and getting up early. My husband and I are slowly checking off visits to all the places on our bucket list. (Australia we are headed your way soon!)