Time Required: Two 45-60 minute sessions
Skill Level: Beginner
Recommended Grades: 3rd to 5th

The following holiday lesson plan provides fun STEM challenges for whole group activities. In the first holiday challenge, students work with a partner to design a Christmas tree and decorate it. They then attempt to stack it, along with all of the other doodled trees made by classmates, in order to make the tallest tree stack without toppling it over (similar to Jenga). In the second holiday challenge, students will design their own spinning dreidels. Classmates will spin their doodled dreidels to see whose spins the longest. Happy holidays, everyone!

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Lesson Plan


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Wrap Up

Share the students' Doodle-Trees and Doodle-Dreidels. Test the dreidels. Which one spins the longest? Why? Share the students' Doodle-Trees and Doodle-Dreidels on Twitter. @3Doodler #3DoodlerEDU


The teacher will assess the students by evaluating their participation and understanding throughout all phases of this activity, and also by assessing their Doodle-Trees and Doodle-Dreidels.

Possible Extensions

Students play the dreidel game using either pennies or doodled coins.


  • 3D - of, relating to, or representing something in three dimensions.

  • balance - an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.

  • collaboration - to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.

  • cone - a three-dimensional shape for which the base, usually circular, extends to a point.

  • construction - the building of something, typically a large structure.

  • data - factual information (such as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation.

  • design - to prepare the preliminary sketch or the plans (for a work to be executed), especially to plan the form and structure of an object, building, bridge, etc...

  • engineering - the art or science of making practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences, as physics or chemistry, as in the construction of engines, bridges, buildings, mines, ships, and chemical plants.

  • problem-solving - the process or act of finding a solution to a problem.

  • STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, considered as a group of academic or career fields.

  • triangular pyramid - A triangular pyramid is a pyramid having a triangular base. The tetrahedron is a triangular pyramid having congruent equilateral triangles for each of its faces. The edge length and slant height of a regular triangular pyramid is a special case of the formula for a regular -gonal pyramid with , given by.

Educational Standards

Common Core

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

In This Lesson

Students will discuss how to build a sturdy, tall structure with their partners, teacher, and peers. Students will discuss how to design the longest spinning dreidel.

Common Core

Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.

In This Lesson

Students will build on the talk of others during the whole group and partner work throughout this project.

CS Teachers

Decompose (break down) a larger problem into smaller sub-problems with teacher guidance or independently.

In This Lesson

Students will break down the process of building the tallest tree tower and/or the longest spinning dreidel through designing, modeling, and testing.


Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

In This Lesson

Students will use a 3Doodler to construct trees and dreidels.


Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

In This Lesson

Students will doodle their own trees and dreidels.


Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

In This Lesson

Students will work with a partner and peers throughout the doodling, problem solving and creation processes. Students will share their perspectives.

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