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Hi, I am currently a student teacher and would like some advice and ideas on implementing STEM into my future classroom (K/1).

University Houston
Deborah Pelzer
260 Activity Points

Deborah, I would suggest that you look around the NSTA Learning Center. You can go to "Explore All Resources" and input the search criteria and save those items in your library. You can also go to http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx Refine your search by grade level and topic and there are amazing resources there. I was just working with a second grade teacher who wanted to make a connection to the story The Ox Cart Man. I suggested she have a STEM challenge for the students. They can use cardboard, foil, etc. to make a cart that can either slide or roll down a small ramp (think cardboard or piece of wood propped on a few books on one end.) Then give them 3 or so plastic animals from a dollar store and the animals must stay inside the back of the cart as it goes down the ramp.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
87174 Activity Points

Hi Deborah,

I am a student at UNI and we have been learning all semester about the 5Es for implementing science in elementary classrooms. It provides a good framework for planning science lessons that are student-driven and engaging. Here is an article about the 5Es and here is an example of a science unit designed around the 5Es. You may have to make an account to view the lesson example, but it is free and betterlesson.com is a great resource for lesson ideas.

Corbin Hatterman
Corbin Hatterman
4845 Activity Points

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