Life Science

STEM Life Science

Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:51 PM

Our school is currently trying to become STEM certified. We are trying to creating and find STEM projects to teach in our classes. I have found many websites to help me, but non of them are for life science. Does anyone have an activity that would be considered STEM that involves life science?

Stacia Brown
Stacia Brown
560 Activity Points

Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:02 PM

I was thinking about the flow of energy in the energy pyramids. Well, 10 percent of energy is lost as the flow energy moves up the pyramid. Maybe, you can create a model that demonstrates this concept? I posted earlier of any ideas to make this idea come to life. When get a response, I will relay it you. Maybe you can tweek it and use the idea for a STEM project.

Raymond Jones
Raymond Jones
740 Activity Points

Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:51 PM

I know an organization called WAY coordinates some STEM seminars. If you can get in contact with that organization then it may be fruitful.

Raymond Jones
Raymond Jones
740 Activity Points

Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:23 PM

There a a couple good web seminars in the archives about specific projects for STEM and life science.

James Sharp
James Sharp
28090 Activity Points

Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:53 PM

Also, contact Smart Chick on teacherspayteachers for some great STEM activities. She is great about responding to emails.

Brenda Hornaday
Brenda Hornaday
760 Activity Points

Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:34 PM

PBS has a few lessons on life science using a STEM approach. You can try that.
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.colt...ng-things/

Laud Gaba
Laud Gaba
1090 Activity Points

Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:02 PM

Hi Stacia,
I did a search in the Learning Center using the key words STEM life science and the search engine returned a whole host of wonderful resources that may serve your goals well. I will list a few of them here but I encourage you to do your own search and see what pops up that is of interest to you.

1. Interdependence of Life: Agents of Change in Ecosystems
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School

Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the fourth of four Science Objects in the Interdependence of Life SciPack. It explores agents of change in ecosystems

2.
Science Object
Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems: Nothing Matters Without Energy
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School

3.
Science Object
Interdependence of Life: Population Balance in Biomes
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School

4.
Science Object
Nutrition: What Choices Lead to a Healthy Lifestyle?
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School

AND MANY other Science Objects

5.
Journal Article
Science Shorts: Ecosystem in a Jar
By: Craig R. Leager
Grade Level: Elementary School

6.
Journal Article
Ecosystem Journalism
By: Kathryn Mahlin and Amy Robertson
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School

7.
Journal Article
Bring Classification to Life
By: Kimberly K. Franklin
Grade Level: Middle School

Check out some of these resources and let us know what you think:}
Thanks a bunch,
~patty

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45890 Activity Points

Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:07 PM

hmmm..this seems like a useful article, too

A Growth Opportunity Journal Article
Journal Article

This 7th grade life science class is about to embark on the Plant Project as they collect leaves and flowers as a homework assignment and learn that the class will be held outside. The project can serve as a foundation for many other class topics—classification and keys, ecosystems, nutrient cycles, and patterns in nature

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45890 Activity Points

Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:09 PM

a potential STEM twist on bean plants

Tried and True: Bean plants: A growth experience
By: Donna West
Grade Level: Middle School

Tried and True: Bean plants: A growth experience
By: Donna West
Grade Level: Middle School
To enhance a seventh-grade life science unit, the author had students grow bean plants in the classroom. Students were then able to observe roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit up close as they learned about them. Students who held misconceptions prior to the activity had them corrected, learned about plant parts and growth during the plant unit, and observed firsthand how plants change as they grow

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
45890 Activity Points

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