STEM: Building Sandcastles CCSS

This is a great hands on unit for K-2 students that is aligned with ELA CCSS, and Next Generation Science Standards for Engineering & Design. Perfect for an OCEAN UNIT or END OF THE YEAR celebration activity!
Students will complete this 2 part activity to create and test different sand mixtures, then select the best one for building and then build the tallest sand structure they can, culminating with completing the ELA and Math activities. The idea is for students to see different combinations of sand, and to test the strength when building.

***Please note additional materials are needed for this activity***
Play sand, cornstarch, baby oil, shaving cream, flour, water, storage containers with lids.

Standards Covered:
K.MD.A.1, 1.MD.A.2, 2.MD.A.1, 2.MD.A.2, W.K.2, W.K.3, W.K.8, W.1.2, W.1.3, W.1.8, W.2.2, SL.K.1, SL.K.3, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, SL.1.1, SL.1.5, SL.2.1

This packet includes:
Cover Page
Introduction and Set up Page
3 pages of ELA, Math and Next Generation Science Standards for K-2
Lesson Procedure
Building Sandcastles Differentiated Self Assessment
Building Sandcastles Differentiated Writing Extension
Building Sandcastles Sand Mixture Recipes
Building Sandcastles DifferentiatedMath Extensions
Building Sandcastles Differentiated ELA Extensions
Building Sandcastles Real World Extension
Building Sandcastles Banner for classroom display

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Created: Apr 18, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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