The Most Magnificent Thing Grades PreK-2

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STEM Concept: Engineering Design

Developing and Optimizing Design Solutions

This Storytime STEM-Pack includes all the materials you need to engage kids in an engineering design task that also explores the concept of properties of matter.  The activity is launched by reading the popular children's book, The Most Magnificent Thing, stopping along the way to ask questions about how the little girl approaches making the Most Magnificent Thing. After the story concludes, children reflect on how the little girl acted as an engineer. Children are then challenged to think about how to protect an astronaut in space. They work in groups of three to design and test two layers of a space suit, choosing from paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, plastic sheeting and tissue paper, and testing materials with a rock dropped onto the material stretched over a plastic container.  At the end, children reflect on how they acted as engineers.  Included in this set, you'll find:

  • Detailed instructions (i.e., lesson plan) for the learning activities
  • 1 roll aluminum foil
  • 1 roll of plastic wrap
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 packet of plastic sheeting
  • 1 packet of tissue paper
  • 1 plastic box with a rubber band and three different size rocks
  • 8 craft tubes
  • 4 rolls of clear tape
  • 1 Astronaut in Space Card (8.5x11)
  • 1 Testing Space Suit Materials Card (8.5x11)
  • 9 Protecting the Astronaut Cards (8.5x11)
  • 1 Engineering Design Concept Card (8.5x11)
  • A copy of The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The entire activity takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  This STEM-pack is suitable for grades PreK-2.