The book Apples to Oregon was paired (no pun intended) with a STEM Challenge: Can we build a device that we can use to bob for apples without getting wet? Why? Because your parents don't mind if you bob for apples, but you can't get soaking wet or sick from shared germs! See some fourth grade
An additional and unexpected bonus: In the morning announcements the day after the activity, we included several pictures of problem-solving across grade levels. I learned that at least one first grade student commented on how another student met the challenge in a way that the first grader had not considered. Design in action!