Second grade students focus on understanding animal life cycles by observing caterpillars changing into butterflies. They are actually observing an animal change their form and function into a completely different version in a relatively short period of time. Form and function are foundational elements in every field of engineering. In this lesson, students will take the journey of the caterpillar and will have the opportunity to change their form and function upon leaving their chrysalis. This STEM lesson will have students create a PowerPoint presentation to share with their classmates the journey that they have taken. The instructional techniques of this lesson are rooted in 21st Century Skills Framework and use rigor and relevancy to reach all learners.
Author: Justin Osterstrom