Creepy Carrots

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As part of an interdisciplinary lesson, Riverhead’s Aquebogue Elementary School first graders participated in a STEM design challenge connected to the book “Creepy Carrots” by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. 

Through the book, students learned about character point of view and motivation. They applied these lessons in constructing a Popsicle stick fence to protect the main character, Jasper Rabbit, from some “creepy carrots.” The students worked in groups to gather information, plan, engineer and solve a problem for the main character. 

“It was wonderful to see the students participate in this engineering activity,” said Principal Bryan Miltenberg. “It asked them not to just build something, but to empathize and think from the point of view of the character in the story in order to make their creation successful.”