Do you feel the need—the need for speed? Then you’ll love these NASCAR teaching ideas. Build balloon-powered cars, race to read, paint with wheels, and so much more. The race to learn is on!
1. Check out NASCAR Acceleration Nation
NASCAR teamed up with Scholastic to create a series of free STEM lessons, complete with classroom activities and assessments. Build paper race cars and use them to learn about drag, drafting, energy, and more.
Everyone can be a champion with this reading racetrack! Set up a track with goals along the way to tally the number of books each student reads. Bonus: Offer extra points for reading NASCAR driver biographies or books about auto racing.
Race your car down the track, but here’s the catch: You can’t touch it directly. Kids can alter their cars in advance, but once the race starts, they’ll need to find more creative ways to win the race!
Explore the laws of motion and encourage creativity when you challenge students to design, build, and test their own balloon-powered cars. Bonus: Use only recycled materials to make this project green!
Paint large wood or cardboard letters black or gray and add some striping to create road letters. Little ones can run cars around the shape for tracing practice, while older kids can practice sounds and spelling.
Such a simple idea: Secure markers (or crayons or pencils) to the backs of toy cars and drive your way to a masterpiece! Experiment with different methods, from “driving” fast or slow to under control or with a push.
Add some excitement to your reading nook or story time corner with dresser drawers turned into race cars that kids can “drive” while they read or listen to stories. No drawers available? Use large cardboard boxes instead.