Lesson Plans

School to Work

Students will identify their dream jobs based on their current interests and meeting with professionals from the community. In a group, they will research the specific requirements for that job, demonstrate a project that would help prepare for that job, and interview someone currently doing that work. They will present their dream job in a student-run career fair for other students.

Author
Amanda Clapp


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Literacy
  • Social Studies

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Let’s Learn about Viscosity

This project teaches students about the viscosity of liquids and how that can change over time depending on different factors. Students are given different product data points that a company wants them to evaluate. Each company requires their product to have different things. Some want a product with high viscosity, and some want a lower viscosity. Each company will have three viscosity reading graphs with the points of data and average viscosity included. Students will get these graphs to help them evaluate and create their own data over time graphs.

Author
Miranda Pierce


Content Area
  • Science

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How to Work Like an Engineer

In this blended learning unit, students will explore the culture and safety principles of an engineering work environment and apply them to their own work environment in the school and classroom. They will complete a range of tasks that require 21st-century skills that are found in industry including critical thinking, reflection, and collaboration. Students will have a choice in the work that is completed and the pace of learning. The teacher should serve as a guide rather than a lecturer. The content can be modified for different grade levels, other LMS formats, and ELLs using the resources provided.

Author
Tiffany Fitzgerald


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Engineering
  • Language Arts
  • Literacy

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Using Color to Enhance Observations

Students will use the Farnsworth-Munsell Hue pallet (or other color samples) to understand the importance of using details and descriptive writing when writing and note-taking in all subject areas.

Author
Donna Pyatt


Content Area
  • Language Arts
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

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Spinning around: How does a NMR spectrometer work?

Students will explore angular momentum and precession with an engineering challenge. This is followed by a deeper exploration of how precession is used in NMR spectroscopy.

Author
Megan Alvord


Content Area
  • Physics
  • Science

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Being the Change: Analyzing Statistics

During this lesson, students will be introduced to how mathematical statistics influence real-life situations so that they can use those skills to create solutions to problems in their everyday lives. Prior to this lesson, students have researched a real-life current event that personally affects them.

Author
Shannon Bowman


Content Area
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • statistics

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Seeing Solutions

In this lesson, students will make their own solutions using water, food coloring, salt, and sugar. Students will observe how the solutions are made and predict what might happen when they mix those solutions. Students will add various quantities to a communal bin and observe what they see. The teacher will challenge the students to think about how they might return the solution back to its original form and students will test their hypotheses.  The class will then discuss various social and emotional scenarios that reflect the observations of the experiment. 

Author
Kathleen Janes


Content Area
  • Science

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Finding Fibonacci

In this lesson, students will identify math in the natural world, build a number line, and create their own artwork using mathematical properties of the Fibonacci sequence. Students will read various texts to discover the sequence and examples in the world.  They will then use their own work and calculators to extend the sequence on a number line.  This work can be scaffolded for students’ readiness levels.

Author
Kathleen Janes


Content Area
  • Math

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STEM Forces and Motion Hoop Glider

Students will explore the concepts of testing, variations, and variables through the construction of a hoop glider and participation in a competition to see which team can build a glider that will glide the farthest before touching the ground.

Author
Thomas House


Content Area
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Science

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Autobiographical Video: Who I am, and who I will become

Students will explore their interests and goals to share with a broader audience. An autobiographical video allows middle school students an opportunity to present themselves to adults and peers. Speaking to an audience of adults and peers is one of the key interpersonal skills that we would like students to develop.

Author
Thomas House


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Forensics
  • Technology

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STEAM ColLABOration

Students will gain hands-on experience to learn what the world of virtual reality has to offer as not only an entertainment platform but an expansive doorway to transforming the educational experience.

Author
Maggie Gaines-Hackney


Content Area
  • CTE
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Technology

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Life After High School

This lesson is all about exploration. Students will explore their own strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Students will then explore their dream occupations and map out various pathways to achieve their career goals.

Author
Robert Butts


Content Area
  • CTE

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Deconstruction and Assembly

This lesson will give students an introduction to the deconstruction and assembly processes. Students will learn what the assembly process steps are and how to assemble something by first deconstructing it. This lesson will also have a focus on measurement using a ruler and how the roles of producers and consumers affect the assembly process.

Author
Crystal Whisenant


Content Area
  • Engineering

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The Sugar Shack

An electric cooperative is defined as “a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by the people it serves”. In this lesson plan, students will learn the different departments associated with an electric cooperative.  The students will be placed in different departments such as Board of Directors, General Manager, Assistant Manager, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, and Delivery. The cooperative will provide merchandise (candy) to the student body and at the end of the activity, the students in the Personal Finance class will receive capital credits as cooperative members receive at the end of the fiscal year. By the end of this project, students will have a better understanding of the definition of a cooperative, how to work as a team, and how a business is run collaboratively, as they each perform their business duties.

Author
Daria Fedrick


Content Area
  • CTE

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The State of Ag

There is a large need currently in agriculture for new ideas, engineering and designing better equipment, developing nutrient-efficient crops and sustainable practices to support a growing population. Throughout the semester, students will travel to several tour sites, gathering information about the various components of agriculture, horticulture and the technological advancements that make it all possible. Students will then have the opportunity to design a final product based on the needs, ideas, or environmental concerns that they observe throughout their experience.

Author
J’Lisa Miles


Content Area
  • Agriculture

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