Curriculum Connecting Science Concepts to Language Arts
The K–3 STEM Foundations project is developing NGSS-aligned curriculum units for K–3 students that connect science concepts and guided inquiry activities to reading/language arts, as well as health and wellness. The units are designed for use during class time or after school. Presently materials that relate to life science are available. They include units entitled “Living Things and Their Needs,” “Resources and the Environment,” and “The Senses,” along with related lesson plans, videos, and slide presentations. The materials are free to download and use in the classroom. They are among the collection of science resources for K–8 teachers from Baylor College of Medicine. The comprehensive collection covers a wide range of science topics, from the brain to bird flu and butterflies in space.
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.