Overview of STEM Unit

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Overview: Power Point

Lesson Plan File

STEM Unit-- At a Glance


From Lauralee at DPS:


I have already started the endangered species unit #4. (I wanted a warm and fuzzy unit for my new kinders). So you are welcome to use any of my ideas. Remember that I only have K-2.

I began with the concept of "past, present, future": We made a paper pyramid and they made timeline pictures (ie, horse, car, flying car). The next day, I used a blank pyramid to ask about the dinosaurs, who only are in the past. Then I told them that the panda bear was in past and present, but might not be in the future. We then visited the website and looked at library books about endangered species.

The students paired up and picked an animal to research. I have attached the. They are starting with books and then moving to the computers.

Research notes page I have given them:



Resources:

Action to Oil:

http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/oil-and-chemical-spills/oil-spills/resources


http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/the-gulf-oil-spill-in-the-classroom/


http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0215471/oil_spills.htm


http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/EnvEng_p025.shtml

Adaptation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/interdependence_fs.shtml

Different Types of Teeth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/teeth_eating.shtml

Adaptations of Sea Otters
http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/media/all_about_otters/whatsanotter01.html

Crunch, Nibble, Gulp, Bite Also for ELL
http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/lc/kids_place/cngb/cngb.html

Dolphin Adaptations
http://www.professorgarfield.org/KBKids/video/kbs1404.swf

Adaptation Earth’s Floor—Higher Level
http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/adapt.html

Bird Adaptations (Climate Change= Animal Adaptation)


Infectious Diseases:

Infection, Detection, Protection
http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/infection/

6 Units for Teaching Climate Change
http://environment.gov.ab.ca/info/library/5883.pdf

CDC (Disease Detectives)
Body and Mind kid site from CDC (Disease Detectives)

Soil Contamination:

Polluted Soil Experiment
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/lessonplans/pollutedsoil.htm

EPA Superfund
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/kids/index.htm

Air Pollution:

EPA Kids
http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqikids.aqi

EPA What Color Day is It?
http://www.epa.gov/airnow/k1/games/colorday.html

AQI Game
http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqikids.games

EPA (I Can't Breathe/ Action to Oil Spills/ Healthy Soil, Healthy Land)

AQI

K-2 resource: Picture book about AQI


Smog City

Give Endangered Species a Voice:

Think Quest (Give Endangered Species a Voice)

ESpecies List (Give Endangered Species a Voice)


Spanish Resources:


AQI Index
CDC in Spanish (Disease Detectives)
EPA in Spanish (I Can't Breathe/ Action to Oil Spills/ Healthy Soil, Healthy Land)
Smog and AQI (I Can't Breathe)
AQI games: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqikids_spanish.games

Vietnamese Resources:

EPA in Vietnamese (I Can't Breathe/ Action to Oil Spills/ Healthy Soil, Healthy Land)