Can you believe it’s already November? I’ve been brainstorming a list of fun November STEM activities, and I think I’ve created the best!
If your class is anything like my own, then they’re probably running on a lot more energy than you can manage to keep up with (or drink).
I’ve put together a list of super – fun November STEM activities for you!
These activities will require your students to use their energy in solving these problems… PLUS, they’re standards-based! Check out a list of benefits your students get from doing STEM activities here!
1. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 1st is Day of the Dead! This STEAM activity requires critical thinking as students create their very own sugar skulls. These are so cute!
This includes a printable for younger students to learn about a paper art called layering. They’ll learn about the tradition and celebration of the Spanish holiday and so much more with this STEM activity.
2. Veterans Day STEAM Activity
Veterans Day is November 11. This STEAM activity is a great way to teach students about the history of Veterans Day. Did you know Veterans Day is to celebrate all veterans? Although we certainly remember our fallen heroes, it’s not a day of memorial.
This lesson also teaches students about capillary action, time, and the scientific method. Your students will love creating poppies for veterans!
3. Create a Corn Maze
This activity is so much fun in all grades! Who doesn’t love a good corn maze? In this activity, students create a corn maze using paper, glue, and candy corn. For students with allergies, substitute the candy with mini-erasers.
The goal is to have as many turns as possible on one page. The kids got really creative with these! Here’s one example (pictured above).
4. Design a Drum
During the first Thanksgiving celebration, music was played. Check out the Music of the First Thanksgiving here. Then, have your students create their very own drum. These are super easy to create and a lot of fun! You can connect this with science by discussing the size and different pitches each drum makes.
5. Create a Rainstick
Continue teaching music and sound with this rainstick STEM activity. You can create a rainstick using either a poster board tube or a smaller cardboard tube. Place chicken wire inside or hammer in nails. Then, have students place a variety of beans, rice, and grains on the inside. They sound magestic!
6. Totem Pole Activity
While totem poles were not a part of the first Thanksgiving, they are a part of First Nations in the Pacific history. Learning about the history of the poles and what they symbolize is fascinating. Your students will learn to understand and respect the culture and meaning of these family symbols.
7. Wampanoag Canoes
Yes, the Mayflower is fun, but we’re continuing with our Native American research with Wampanoag Canoes. These were the main modes of transportation along the river for Wampanoag Native Americans.
Learn about how Wampanoag Native Americans carve out, scrape, and burn the canoes here. Then, have students create their own canoe to hold the most pieces of candy corn. You can connect this activity to science by talking about buoyancy, rivers, or weight.
8. Classroom Elf Fashion Design
That sneaky, little guy is coming back at the end of the month. Whether you love him or despise him, your students are sure to adore him! I created a FULL MONTH of activities for this guy + writing, so you won’t have to spend any extra energy thinking about what to do with it. Just follow the calendar and use the printables.
This first activity, students design clothes for their elf. It’s interesting to see that many students will create ugly sweaters for it. You can use paper for the design, or turn up the critical thinking by allowing them to use felt. It’s so much fun!
9. Elf Express STEM Activity
Santa’s reindeer have quit and the elf needs to get the presents to the kids! In this STEM activity, students create a zip-line for the elf. It’s like a little jet pack. This one is hard and a lot of fun!
10. Cozy Elf Chair
The elf has been doing a lot of traveling. It needs to find some rest in a cozy chair. Using only pipe cleaner and straws, students must create a chair for the elf.
Students are challenged with this engineering activity as it is difficult to balance the chair, determine the correct height, and get the pipe cleaner to stay put. It’ll get kids thinking critically!
11. Elf Snow Shelter
Snow is in the forecast, and the elf needs a shelter! This is the perfect time to learn about animal habitats and how they shelter themselves. Then, students create a shelter for the elf. They can even decorate the inside!
Where can I get these November STEM Activities?
There are so many more activities in this Classroom Elf on the Shelf STEM Activities! I’ve even included a calendar for teachers so that you can take the guesswork out of what to do for the Elf.
Here are the links for these!
- Thanksgiving STEM Activities
- November STEM Activities
- Elf on the Classroom Shelf STEM Activities
- FREE Popcorn STEM Activity
Be sure to check out the three benefits to doing STEM education!