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Hi Everyone! I am a student teacher in a 5th grade ELA/SS classroom. I was looking for ideas on how to incorporate science and STEM activities in a ELA or Social Studies lesson. I am open to ideas and would love to hear your suggestions.  Thank You!

Almira Bhojwani
Almira Bhojwani
230 Activity Points

Start your "My Library" collection on NSTA. You can go to the "Explore All Resources" tab and refine your search, then click add to My Library and you will have a great collection very quickly. Check out
http://ngss.nsta.org/ as well to look for resources. The forums are a great place to post questions about content, teaching strategies, etc.
I just finished on unit in 5th grade on ecosystems and we dissected owl pellets, we measured the owl pellets, used a dichotomous key to determine what type of bones we found, collected the data and made graphs for each group, then looked at all the data collected to determine what animals the owls were most likely eating. We averaged to estimate about how many animals owls eat in a week, a month, and a year. We found their diet consisted mostly of rodents. So then we discussed what we do if we have a rodent problem, we put out poison, and then asked what would happen to the owl population if they ate the poisoned rats/mice. That was used for a writing prompt. We live in the southern part of the US and the owl pellets I purchased were from owls in the northern areas of the US. We then googled different types of owls to find out where they lived and referenced maps for that.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
85979 Activity Points

Hello Almira, I'm not exactly sure why STEM stopped with the 4 letters - or 5 if you go to STEAM. I think that it's better for students to see how everything links up and that all the subjects have importance in our lives. As for STEM/STEAM activities for use in Social Studies or ELA: Almost anything to do with science and engineering can have a social/language connection. One actual activity that comes to mind is having students design a zero-footprint eco-campground. Along with having to find the geography of a location you have to find out the potential effects of human activity on that environment, historical significance of the place, organize activities, create trails, design interpretive centres and displays. Parks hire writers, designers in addition to biologists, ecologists, engineers, etc. I'm sure you can spin almost any STEM activity into a fully-integrated, E-SSTEAM(?) project! I put together a collection of STEM acitivities if you want some ideas to start with: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=pR1S8giP8DE_E Hope this helps! Gabe Kraljevic

Gabe Kraljevic
Gabe Kraljevic
2235 Activity Points

I am starting my field experience observations and soon my student teacher observations. So far, I have found a ton of information to use in my lessons for early childhood to six grade students. I feel that the online journals offer a lot of information and is very useful for at home as well. I love science and anatomy so this intrigues me.

Stafini Quiroz
Stafini Quiroz
185 Activity Points

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