At our coaches meeting, we shared that many outside resources are written using a 5 E lesson plan format. Nancy Tsung shared a template that might be helpful as you are developing your plans for your lessons.
The Digital Chalkboard is where California educators get connected, collaborate, and share the best practices, best resources, best strategies — you might say the best of the best.
Not a lot on NGSS... yet... but a lot of good resources on best practices.
74 lesson ideas centering on water for all grade levels. The Academy has upgraded the search tool so it is easier to find lessons on what you want.
4-H teamed up with the San Rafael City School's summer program to offer STEM enrichment for the students. They created a webpage full of the activities they used. Check it out!
Here is a look at one way to put all the lessons on bridges and structures together for a years unit. Thanks for all your hard work Sarah Zykanov!
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
3–5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3–5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3–5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
● Living things affect the physical characteristics of their regions. (4-ESS2-1)
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
● A variety of hazards result from natural processes (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions). Humans cannot eliminate the hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts. (4-ESS3-2)
ETS1.B: Designing Solutions to Engineering Problems
● Testing a solution involves investigating how well it performs under a range of likely conditions. (secondary to 4-ESS3-2)
IgnitedLearning, established by our colleague Nate MacDonald from White Hill Middle School won best in class at the San Mateo 2015 Maker Faire. The site was built by teachers for teachers to provide educators with the supplies and lesson ideas to encourage and stimulate the Maker Educator community. Nice job Nate!
iTEAMS is a professional development research project designed to provide teachers with support to deepen their content knowledge and pedagogy to promote STEM education aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).