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Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales

Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales- 10 Engaging Activities for Primary Students

By December 11th, 2023One Comment

I’m a huge proponent of STEM  in the younger grades.  So, connecting STEM through literature is a natural extension (and quite a powerful tool).

This connection helps to improve reading skills, yet also enhance creativity and critical thinking skills.  Fairy Tales are a wonderful way to introduce students to STEM because younger kids don’t often have a lot of background knowledge, but just about everyone knows popular fairy tales (and if they don’t it’s a quick read-aloud or opportunity to retell the story.)

We’re learning that with STEM, targeting students at a younger age helps to build 21st century skills more thoroughly.  So, for this series, we took a look at 10 Fairy Tales to help primary students to begin developing deeper thinking skills.

In the Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales series, we further examine the connection between literature- specifically fairy tales- and STEM.  Each featured favorite fairy tale (try saying that one three times fast), makes a connection to STEM and ties the design challenge to the NGSS Engineering Design Standards.

This Bundle Pack includes 10 well loved fairy tales (here’s the list), a design brief and design challenge for each of the selected fairy tales as well as Interactive STEM Notebook pages (half-page) for each one.

Want to read about them individually?  Here you go:

The Three Little Pigs
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Henny Penny
Stone Soup
The Princess and the Pea
The Golden Goose
Little Red Riding Hood
Jack and the Beanstalk
Goldilocks and the Three Bears

EDIT: I originally created this series for younger students, but have gotten a lot of feedback from middle school teachers that their students love these as well.  So, if you teach the upper grades, consider these as a fun throw back challenge for your students.

Get the Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales Bundle Pack with all 10 of the Design Briefs and Interactive STEM Notebook Pages!

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  • Kelly McBryde says:

    These are awesome.