Lesson Plans

Work Like an Engineer

This course is designed to teach kindergarten students how to work purposefully, collaboratively, and creatively like engineers, by practicing the safety principles and school rules to ensure their safety at school and prepare them for real-world jobs. Through my internship at Siemens, I learned that educators can prepare students for the real world by incorporating activities that compel collaboration, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and responding to feedback.

Author
Lisa Cook


Content Area
  • Engineering

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Do daily death counts correlate with air pollution?

This lesson plan utilizes candy, sports, and air pollution to explore scatterplots and correlation of variables. It is adapted from Section 3.1 in The Practice of Statistics Sixth Edition by Starnes and Tabor.

Author
Margaret Borden


Content Area
  • Math

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How Strong is that Correlation?

Students explore the idea of correlation and least squares regression through baseball, chocolate, and human mortality.

Author
Margaret Borden


Content Area
  • Math

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Exploring the Environmental Impacts of War through Literature and Science

In this two to three-week assessment and project, students will work in groups to write argumentative essays (supported by textual evidence) explaining who is responsible for helping the communities that we have read about to “clean up” after war has ravaged their countries.

Author
Emily Ericson


Content Area
  • Earth Science
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

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Ag Adventures Day

This lesson outlines the steps for planning an Agriculture Awareness Day for elementary-aged students. The objectives are the event are to help students:

  • Understand how food, fiber, and renewable resource products are produced.
  • Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  • Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
  • Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in agriculture, food, fiber, and renewable resources industries.

Author
Crystal Folger-Hawks


Content Area
  • Agriculture

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Making Glue with Littles…One Variable at a Time

Young learners often explore properties of different materials in the world around them, but they are not as often given opportunities to create materials containing unique properties for exploration. Adhesives have exciting properties to examine, not only because of their unusual bonding capabilities but because of the many ways they are used to solve problems in the world today.

Author
Nathalie Ludwig


Content Area
  • Science

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Oral, Written, and Remote Communication in the Classroom

No longer can we say that 21st Century jobs are jobs “of the future.” Those jobs are here. As we embrace STEM and all of the amazingness that comes with it, we must be sure not to allow communication skills to fall to the wayside. This five-day unit helps students build workplace communication skills.

Author
John Kurzawa

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Content Area
  • Language Arts

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How to Start a FIRST Lego League Team

Start a school-based FIRST Lego League Team and compete in a regional challenge.

Author
Christopher Joy-Hogg

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Know to Show, Show to Grow

This project will focus on the development of a student-to-student instructional program to foster collaboration and promote active learning in the school environment. Students will acquire peer teaching and learning strategies to be applied in any subject area. A majority of lessons and content in this project will focus mainly on but is not limited to, 2nd-grade elementary mathematics and science standards.

Author
Maggie Hershey-Mason


Content Area
  • Math
  • Science

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3D Printing and the Design Cycle

Middle school students (grades 6-8) will be able to create custom 3D printed forms to add to Bosch’s EcoShape Kit to invent a new way to use the kit, focusing on the discipline of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Author
Kris Gorman


Content Area
  • Engineering
  • Science

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Bring STEM Into Your Curriculum

How often do your students ask, “How will I use this in real life?”

After becoming a Kenan Fellow, I gained many useful ideas from classroom setup to integrating STEM during and after school. My internship at IBM provided me with several resources to give students a global view of how their future careers affect the world.

To show my students how to use math and science, I use time after and during school to demonstrate the possibilities they have for their future involving STEM. After partnering with parents and members of the community, I have created my schools first Robotics Club and I facilitate the Data Science Seminar once a week. Please use this site as a resource to help guide your endeavors of using STEM in the classroom.

Author: Tamiko Williams


Content Area
  • Math
  • Science
  • Technology

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Model Organisms: The Genes We Share

Why spend millions of dollars and countless hours studying worms, yeast, fish, and mice? These creatures look and act so differently from us, yet we are more related than you may think. In this unit, students explore the structure and function of DNA, discover our relatedness to other organisms, learn the characteristics of the ideal model organism, and create trading cards that summarize why model organisms are important in scientific research.

Author: Anna Glasgow


Content Area
  • Biology
  • Science

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Building for Future Severe Weather – A Design Thinking Approach

Over a period of two days, students will complete a design challenge centered around sustainable exterior building products that are designed for high performance during severe hailstorms. This lesson uses Design Thinking as a framework for students to learn how climate change is impacting more than just the environment. Manufacturers of roofing, siding, and windows are taking this into consideration when designing new exterior building products. The culminating activity in this lesson will be a product designed by students to withstand severe hail.

Author: Leslie Horne


Content Area
  • Earth Science
  • Science

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Camp Snoopy Redesign

Scenario: Carowinds is redesigning Planet Snoopy (a kids’ play area in the theme park) for the upcoming season, and this is the students’ opportunity to provide input and submit a design to enhance the kids’ section of the park.

Lesson: Students will work in groups of 3-4 to create a Planet Snoopy exhibit (3-D model and map). The purpose of the Planet Snoopy redesign is to demonstrate how sound and the size of the rides affects an amusement park’s design. Students will take on the role of architects.

Author: Jilly Barclay


Content Area
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

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Is U.S. Air Pollution Getting Better or Worse – How and Why?

In this project, students will be assigned one of 4 regions of the United States – Northeast, South, Midwest, or West. Within each regional group, every student will be assigned one of 5 criteria pollutants (lead is excluded, in part because airborne lead has been well controlled for several decades now, but also because the history of lead pollution is used as a project launch). The project begins with each student being tasked to become an “expert” in his/her pollutant (Task 1).

Once each group has an expert for each pollutant, the group moves to the second stage of the project – to create an “Air Quality Measure” that is based upon the five criteria pollutants (Task 2). No formula is offered – the groups are free to construct this formula in a way that seems right to them based on the expert knowledge of the pollutants in each group. This task culminates with the groups generating a data set for this new air quality measure, based on the actual pollutant data from EPA.

Author:  Bill Worley


Content Area
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Science

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