Book and STEM Club: The Candy Corn Contest

In this three week live class, learners will read the book The Candy Corn Contest and build a candy corn catapult plus some other fun games.
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25 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 3 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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The learners will use comprehension strategies when reading the book.
The learners will use engineering techniques to design a catapult to launch the candy corns 
I was a second-grade teacher for 5 years.  During that time I combined books with STEM activities.  
The learners will read the book and create their catapults outside of class. 
another device such as a tablet or phone or be able to use Kahoot while on zoom
Book:  The Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly Giff
Candy Corns
measuring tape or ruler (something to measure the distance the candy corn will go)
Materials for the STEM activity:  clothespins, popsicle sticks, paper clips, rubber bands, spoon, little paper cup, etc.
**The materials needed for the candy corn catapult will be discussed during the first class and the materials are not needed until the second class. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Kahoot
The learners will be assessed in class through informal assessments.  If grades are needed please let me know. 
25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The learners will be launching the candy corns using their catapult.  Make sure the area is large enough not to hit anything or anyone.

The book does mention bullying and stealing but also shows empathy.  
The setting of the story is in November so Thanksgiving is mentioned in one chapter.  Chapter 9 briefly mentions the first Thanksgiving as the students in school are learning about it.  It also uses the words Pilgrims and Indians.  When we get to Chapter 9 we will discuss how Pilgrims and Indians are not the correct terms. 


Kellie ThompsonDedicated Educator
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About Me

Hello!  My name is Kellie.  I have over 10 years of experience teaching students in a variety of settings.  My past experiences have included preschool, kindergarten, and second grade.  I am currently teaching English online to students ages 5-12... 
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