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All About Plants
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K-5 Lesson about plants.  Objectives include  1) Identify and describe the parts of a flowering plant
2) Differentiate between types of plants
3) Describe the needs of plants
4)  Define the term photosynthesis
Videos, and links are available

Subject:
Botany
Material Type:
Assessment Item
Diagram/Illustration
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Reference Material
Simulation
Provider:
Discovery Education
Date Added:
12/13/2016
Create a Great Future: STEM Career Research Using Close Reading
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What if students could see the relevance of their school curriculum to real-world, interesting, STEM-related careers? Let's help them create a great future!

Subject:
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Creating a Quiz with Scratch
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From the Scratch Wiki:
"Scratch contains the resources available for creating a question/answer system. This system can be used for one to be 'quizzed', or to repetitively answer automated questions. This tutorial shows various methods on how to create a question system. For each method, the ask () and wait block is used to ask questions and input answers."

Use these blocks to teach students to create a quiz for many different concepts and disciplines.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Computer Science
Art and Design
Information and Technology Literacy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Scratch Wiki
Date Added:
04/12/2018
Engineering Skills through Problem Based Learning
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This unit uses roller coaster design as a method of teaching students about energy types, energy conservation, and the design process. At the end of this Unit, students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills should be strengthened.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Miriam Morgan
Date Added:
11/09/2017
“Eye See, You See:” Problem Based Learning Unit (PBL)
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A hospital is an integrated system of physicians, other hospitals, outpatient services, and more. Each element is connected and significant in providing an exceptional healthcare experience. Through a series of lessons, students will serve as members of the hospital team, utilizing the mission, vision and values of the healthcare system to solve a patient puzzle.

Subject:
Health Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Rachel Lawrence
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Forging Using a 3D Printer
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In an earlier lesson, students learned about the steel making and forging process. In this lesson, students will create a die using a 3D printer and then forge a part using play-dough. The lesson culmination will be a trip to the local business “Walker Forge” located in Clintonville, WI.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Todd Taylor
Date Added:
12/24/2018
From My Garden to My Plate; That’s How I like to Eat
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Designing the school garden will require Math, ELA, and Science skills with Scientific Method being used as a foundation. Students will create a school garden as a result of the work they preloaded into the activity. Finally, students will decide if the school garden has an improvements needed for future growth or more growth.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Natosha Brinkley
Date Added:
10/10/2017
The Heat Loss Project: A STEM Exploration
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In this lesson, 6th grade teacher Lawrence Perretto blends STEM and Project Based Learning by having his students construct model homes to explore how thermal energy moves. Students use iPads and thermometers to gather data about their model homes and determine how to make their homes more energy efficient. Lawrence gives his students a variety of materials to construct insulation with. After insulating their model homes, students conduct more thermal testing. Lawrence concludes the lesson by asking students reflection questions about what they learned through this project.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners
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This resource contains a series of activities, lessons and ideas for introducing Elementary students to the design thinking process. The author includes connections to Empathy and the implications of designing things with others in mind.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Learning Task
Simulation
Author:
Jackie Gerstein
Date Added:
04/12/2018
Introduction to Steel
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Most people don’t realize that manufacturing is all around them and that almost everything they use is manufactured. Students will be shown ores, steel billets, forged steel, and finished steel parts. Students will learn about how raw materials are mined and then transported from factory to factory in order to be turned into the products that are all around us.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Todd Taylor
Date Added:
12/24/2018
Introduction to the Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems
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Introduction to the Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems introduces students to mathematical/computational modeling and analysis developed in the emerging interdisciplinary field of Complex Systems Science. Complex systems are systems made of a large number of microscopic components interacting with each other in nontrivial ways. Many real-world systems can be understood as complex systems, where critically important information resides in the relationships between the parts and not necessarily within the parts themselves. This textbook offers an accessible yet technically-oriented introduction to the modeling and analysis of complex systems. The topics covered include: fundamentals of modeling, basics of dynamical systems, discrete-time models, continuous-time models, bifurcations, chaos, cellular automata, continuous field models, static networks, dynamic networks, and agent-based models. Most of these topics are discussed in two chapters, one focusing on computational modeling and the other on mathematical analysis. This unique approach provides a comprehensive view of related concepts and techniques, and allows readers and instructors to flexibly choose relevant materials based on their objectives and needs. Python sample codes are provided for each modeling example.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Provider:
State University of New York
Provider Set:
OpenSUNY Textbooks
Author:
Hiroki Sayama, Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Date Added:
08/13/2015
Kindergarten Pushes and Pulls
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This series of 5 high-quality, standards-aligned, inquiry-based activities and two environmental STEM challenge activities have been field-tested by kindergarten students and families of Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science during Safer At Home orders. These activities encourage students to use natural areas around their homes and in their neigbhorhoods as they improve their science observation and reasoning skils as they explore the science of pushes and pulls in nature. The materials used are ones generally available at home and the activites require little preparation on the part of caregivers. Created as a part of a WISELearn OER Innovation project, Connect, Explore, and Engage: Using the Environment as the Context for Science Learning was a collaboration of the Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science and the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. One of the goals of the project was to create standards-aligned lessons that utilize the outdoor spaces of the school (as well as those of the students' homes).  Each section of this resource is an individual activity. While each activity builds on the previous ones, it is possible to use them individually.The title image was used with permission and is courtesy of Joe Riederer.

Subject:
Physical Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Sandy Benton
Michelle Vanlieshout
Date Added:
05/28/2020
Meet the Lab | Antibiotic Hunters: Superpowered by Students
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Meet the Tiny Earth Network, which discovers new antibiotics through the soil; and students do the hunting!

On this lab’s page you will find:

• A video with a personal story that explains why the lab's research matters in real-life
•  A video that centers youth voice with students asking questions directly to the lab researchers
•  Discussion prompts to go with both of the videos
•  An activity in the form of a slide deck and data sheet that focuses on teaching real-life scientific practices used in the lab
•  A card activity designed to introduce students to scientists in a more personal way
•  An educator guide featuring many more ideas for activating the media in the classroom

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms, and a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Alumni Research Association, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science.

The collection supports national and state science standards, and creates opportunities for learners to develop their STEAM identity (“Who do I think I am, who can I be, where do I belong?” in context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Meet the Lab | Cancer Detectives: Superpowered by Laser Microscopes
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The Optical Microscopy in Medicine Lab uses high-powered laser microscopes to research cancer cell growth.

On this lab’s page you will find:

• A video with a personal story that explains why the lab's research matters in real-life
• A video that centers youth voice with students asking questions directly to the lab researchers
• Discussion prompts to go with both of the videos
• An activity in the form of a slide deck and data sheet that focuses on teaching real-life scientific practices used in the lab
• A card activity designed to introduce students to scientists in a more personal way
• An educator guide featuring many more ideas for activating the media in the classroom

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms, and a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Alumni Research Association, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science.

The collection supports national and state science standards, and creates opportunities for learners to develop their STEAM identity (“Who do I think I am, who can I be, where do I belong?” in context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Meet the Lab | Nervous System Engineers: Superpowered by Stem Cells
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Meet the Stem Cell Bioprocessing and Regenerative Biomaterials Lab, where bioengineers make neural tissue to study the nervous system. Brains, spines, nerves, oh my!

On this lab’s page you will find:

• A video with a personal story that explains why the lab's research matters in real-life
• A video that centers youth voice with students asking questions directly to the lab researchers
• Discussion prompts to go with both of the videos
• An activity in the form of a slide deck and data sheet that focuses on teaching real-life scientific practices used in the lab
• A card activity designed to introduce students to scientists in a more personal way
• An educator guide featuring many more ideas for activating the media in the classroom

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms, and a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Alumni Research Association, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science.

The collection supports national and state science standards, and creates opportunities for learners to develop their STEAM identity (“Who do I think I am, who can I be, where do I belong?” in context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
02/19/2021
Mission Solar System with NASA & Design Squad Global
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Hands-on, project based learning for Grades 4 to 8. Students use design thinking processes to solve engineering challenges. These space engineering themed lessons will engage students as they apply creative problem-solving skills. Resource includes a full downloadable guidebook. The guidebook includes a description of the design process, 5 design challenges, student handouts, and rubrics. It also includes links to other valuable resources and connection to standards (i.e. Next Generation Science, National Standards).

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Astronomy
Information and Technology Literacy
Environmental Science
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Author:
Jane Strong
Date Added:
04/12/2018
PBS DESIGN SQUAD
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NASA and DESIGN SQUAD developed this online workshop for educators and afterschool leaders who want to build their skills and confidence in guiding kids through engineering activities.

Whether you're experienced or new at this, you'll come away with insights and strategies for strengthening your kids' critical-thinking abilities and getting them excited about using the design process, the series of steps engineers use to arrive at solutions.

In this self-guided workshop, you'll:

Experience the design process in action. Learn and reflect on ways you can use the design process to tap into your kids' problem-solving skills and creativity.

Watch an engineering activity. See how easy it is to integrate the design process into the hands-on activities you do with your kids.

Get resources. Discover a variety of engineering activities from NASA and DESIGN SQUAD for kids in grades K–12.

Subject:
Business and Information Technology
Computer Science
Information and Technology Literacy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Learning Task
Author:
Judy Lefeber
Date Added:
04/12/2018
PE & KE - The Stick Bomb Lab
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A Great Group / Collaboration Activity to begin teaching the Ideas of Potential and Kinetic Energy.

A stick bomb is a (mechanical) spring-loaded device constructed out of popsicle sticks woven together under a bending moment.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Daniel Rye
Date Added:
08/02/2019
Plant Cycles: Photosynthesis & Transpiration
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What do plants need? Students examine the effects of light and air on green plants, learning the processes of photosynthesis and transpiration. Student teams plant seeds, placing some in sunlight and others in darkness. They make predictions about the outcomes and record ongoing observations of the condition of the stems, leaves and roots. Then, several healthy plants are placed in glass jars with lids overnight. Condensation forms, illustrating the process of transpiration, or the release of moisture to the atmosphere by plants.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Christopher Valenti
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015