Lesson Plans

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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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


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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