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Jan 2, 2017

Chinese New Year STEM Challenges 2017!

      
Chinese New Year STEM 2017!
Rooster Themed STEM Challenge Ideas

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and with it comes a world of opportunities to incorporate STEM activities into the classroom that can directly tie in to the season. There are countless fun science, technology, engineering, and math activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really get their brains going this winter season!

Flying Rooster Challenge
Students compete to design a paper airplane that flies the furthest distance. Students must complete three trials of this task, measuring the distance of each trial, Students do not have to use all the supplies but they are not allowed to use anything that is not listed below.  (scroll down to the end of the resource to view) 

Outside resource on to how to fold paper airplanes: http://bit.ly/2ivMiE2

***For materials and more challenge information, scroll down to the end of the post! 


Chicken Coop Challenge 
In groups of 3-4, students must construct a chicken coop plan that would be functional for hens if built to size.  The coop must contain roosting poles, (poles for the chickens to sleep on), a space for a nest box, a feeding area, and a chicken run. Students must complete this change in 3 days, allowing for glue to dry if needed.  

***For materials and more challenge information, scroll down to the end of the post! 



Egg Drop Challenge: 
Students must design a contraption that will protect their egg when dropped 8 feet from the ground. Students will have an hour and thirty minutes to plan and build their contraption

***Advice: Try to build as much of your contraption as possible without using the egg to prevent it from breaking before the drop test. If students break an egg, they will lose a trial. 


***For materials and more challenge information, scroll down to the end of the post!




Integrating seasonal activities into the classroom can sometimes be tricky with Upper Elementary grade levels, but with STEM, celebrating Chinese New Year will be a blast!









Chinese New Year 2017 Activities - Year of the Rooster!



Teacher friends, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese Zodiac! The Year of the Rooster starts from January 28th, and ends on February 15th, 2018.
Here's some fun information you and your students can enjoy about the year of the rooster!
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YEAR OF THE ROOSTER 

2017 Is a Fire Rooster Year!

"Active, Amusing, and Popular Among a Crowd

Roosters are always active, amusing, and popular within a crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.
Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion.bb
Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if they don't. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.
Their behavior of continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

Roosters are Healthy and Enjoy Sports

People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports, such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don't get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Roosters are a little sensitive, and they feel stressed and moody at times."
Source-http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/rooster.htm

Personality traits of the Rooster: Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work

Lucky numbers: 5,7,8

Best-suited Careers: athlete, politician, police, fashion designer, or beautician


Would you like your students to learn more about the year of the rooster and other 11 zodiac animals? 
Students are able to design a 15 page booklet where they can celebrate the year of the rooster and learn about their own Chinese zodiac!




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