Unit Overview:

Max and Lola are going to display their rock collection at a local nature center. They want to give people who visit their display a basket to help them collect their own rocks; however, they will not be able to make enough for everyone. In this unit, students explore patterns and investigate the strength of paper before designing a paper basket plan to be given to Max and Lola’s visitors.


Engineering & Technology Connections:

Create a basket design plan, follow the engineering design process

Literacy Connections:

Identify beginning and ending sounds of words, blend three phoneme words, summarize informational and narrative text, name rhyming words

Mathematics Connections:

Identify and create patterns, count and write number up to 50

Science Connections:

Investigate properties of paper and water, test paper strength, conduct fair tests

Computational Thinking Connections:

Recognize patterns, develop abstractions, and debug errors in patterns.


Download PDF of Curricula – PictureSTEM Designing Paper Baskets_July 2017

5 thoughts on “Kindergarten – Designing Paper Baskets

  • October 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Hi, I am reading through your unit to prepare using with my Kindergartners. I am having a hard time finding the template from Lola… I have read about it in several lessons, but cannot find the actual template. Can you please share?


    • November 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Dear Bridget-
      I have updated this page to include the template.
      🙂 Tamara

      • November 17, 2016 at 11:25 am

        Thank you!

  • February 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I am unable to find the design process cards for the intro lesson. Are they in the PDF and I missed them? Are they a separate file you are able to share? Excited to teach the unit. Thank you!

  • February 5, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Also, there are 2 Letters from Max in the curriculum PDF, a letter is referenced several times, but it isn’t clear which of the two to use and when to use each one. The letters differ. One refers to needing “something” to carry rocks in and the other refers to a basket idea that came from the kids. Are the kids supposed to brainstorm different things to make? How do we arrive at basket, or is this a teacher’s leading the kids to basket? Just a little clarification needed. I like the series of lessons and want to kick it off the right way. It seems that combining the two letters and saying that Max and Lola want to make a basket might simplify things a bit.


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