All resources in Oregon Regional STEM Hubs

Learning the 4Cs Through Literacy-Based STEM

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In this unit, students will learn about the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creation, and critical thinking) through literature-based engineering challenges. Each lesson focuses on one "C" and one read-aloud. This unit is geared for grades 2-3 but could be adapted to any elementary grade level. COMMUNICATION - Click Clack Moo COLLABORATION - Iggy Peck Architect CRITICAL THINKING - Rosie Revere Engineer CREATION - Galimoto

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

Author: Sara Bowers

Animal Studies

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In this unit of study students learn how an animal's body structure and behavior help it survive in its habitat. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Susan Ford

Maker Club

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Maker Clubs introduce students to the making movement, the idea that hands on learning and creating things from scratch lays the foundation for future success, especially in STEM fields.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Module, Student Guide, Unit of Study

Author: Columbia Gorge STEM Hub

Learn 3D Design Using Tinkercad

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This series of lessons will teach all of the key features in Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D design platform. When you have finished the lessons you will have a comprehensive knowledge of how to design/draw in 3D. After that all you need is practice to improve your skills.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: Tom Guellich

Build a Thermos

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Getting Started: This lesson is designed to be used within the heat transfer unit as an engineering design project. My goal is to teach students: The difference in heat conductivity of different materials. Engage students in thinking about the principles of engineering (designing to meet criteria determined by the desired result). Total class time: 170 minutes (2 class blocks, 1 period for demo, in-class design, 1 period for student-requested informational experiments).

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: heather mahon (berk)

Career Research Project: A MS Integrated Science Lesson

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Secondary educators across Lebanon County, Pennsylvania developed lesson plans to integrate the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards with the content they teach. This work was made possible through a partnership between the South Central PA Workforce Investment Board (SCPa Works) and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) and was funded by a Teacher in the Workplace Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. This lesson plan was developed by one of the talented educators who participated in this project during the 2018-2019 school year.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Kelly Galbraith, Denyse Mohn

Crash Force Bang! Explore Science Club Lesson Plan

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Let's explore some science and math around why seatbelts work. Check out the career video from Billie Jo Deal, Transportation Safety Coordinator from the Oregon Department of Transportation, about how she works to keep people safe on the roads. Then, in the Discovery Challenge, we build crash models and calculate restraining forces. This lesson introduces NGSS standards, and those standards are listed in the lesson. Videos are part of the Explore Science Club series, an asynchronous online learning program using YouTube videos that connects elementary and middle school students to STEM professionals through hands-on lessons where students explore science and engineering practices related to the highlighted careers. There is an option to use FlipGrid, an online video recording platform for students to share their discoveries More info: www.go-stem.org

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Carrie Caselton Lowe

Anatomy of an Apple (PreK - 1st Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity

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In this place-based lesson, students will dissect an apple fruit to learn more about its different parts. Includes activity instructions, extension activities, songs and rhymes, anatomy of an apple student worksheet, and sink or float student worksheet. NGSS: K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1 Time: 30 minutes Materials: "Apples Grow on Trees" or other book about apples, knife, cutting board, at least three apples, apple parts tray, and apple dissection worksheet.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Columbia Gorge STEM Hub

Life Cycle of an Apple Tree (PreK - 1st Grade) Agricultural STEM Activity

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In this lesson, students will learn about the life cycle of an apple tree and sequence the stages of development. Includes activity instructions, extension activities, songs, and student worksheet. NGSS: K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1 Time: 30 minutes Materials: "Apples Grow on Trees" or other book about apples, apple life cycle student worksheet, glue sticks.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Columbia Gorge STEM Hub

Bean Bar Graph (PreK - 1st Grade) Agricultural STEM Actvity

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In this activity, kids will work on two fundamental early math skills – sorting/classifying, and graphing. There will also be some great fine motor skill practice! Includes place-based discussion questions, activity instructions, extension activities, songs, and student graph worksheets. NGSS: K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1, partially meets K-ESS3-1 (book and discussion) Common Core: MP.4 Time: 45 minutes Matierals: bag of dried beans ("16 bean soup"), paper bowls, glue, chart paper, the book "One Bean" or similar book about growing food plants, especially beans.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Columbia Gorge STEM Hub