November STEM Project-Based Learning Activity - Mayflower Theme (5 Day Lesson)


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November STEM Project-Based Learning Activity - Mayflower Theme (5 Day Lesson)


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Are you looking for more extensive STEM challenges for your students? Check out this Mayflower STEM project-based learning activity! It’s aligned with both language arts (ELA) standards and science / engineering standards (NGSS). I recommend this project for grades 3, 4, and 5.

Print & Digital Versions of the Student Pages are BOTH Included!

*A sample 5 day lesson plan and rubric is created. Student pages are included as well. It’s all inclusive!


Standards Incorporated:

  • R.I.1, R.I.2, R.I.3
  • Speaking and Listening: Standard 1
  • Writing: Standard 8NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3


Driving Question: How can we create a mini-Mayflower that floats well and carries weight?

Follow the process below to complete your project:

  1. Read about the Mayflower (passage included).
  2. Research about the Mayflower (asking questions / citing sources).
  3. Design a small Mayflower (engineering process).
  4. Test your ship (testing and discussion).
  5. Make the ship better (revise).
  6. Test again
  7. Reflect


Supplies: You can give students a variety of household and craft items, but these are the ones I used. I also included a supply letter to send home to parents.

  • brown molding clay or play dough
  • brown acrylic paint
  • brown or wood grain duct tape
  • toothpicks
  • foil
  • egg cartons
  • paint brushes
  • popsicle sticks
  • marbles scale
  • liquid glue
  • scissors
  • white paper


Rubric included!



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