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Interconnected Resources to Support Your Planning

The two examples below illustrate the interconnectedness of IdeaPark resources to help you plan a hands-on/minds-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning environment. One example begins with a teacher-facilitated Investigation and the other begins with a student led Exploration. Both illustrate the variety of resources that support each of these.

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Seasonal Changes Investigation (Teacher-Led Inquiry)

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Investigation

I Wonder Why I Do Not See Animals In Winter

Students use the Key Concept Explorations learning strategy, to develop the skill of using appropriate vocabulary to learn about where animals go during the winter.

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Skill Look-Fors

Using Appropriate Vocabulary

The development and expansion of language and specialized vocabulary involves exploring new vocabulary in context and the ability to use it to communicate thinking and learning.

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Learning Strategy

Key Concept Explorations

Key Concept Explorations are used to teach and reinforce the students’ understanding of key concepts being learned.

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Exemplars

Tools and Templates for Key Concept Explorations

Chart paper and interactive whiteboard examples that can be used to develop student understanding of concepts.

Machines and Mechanisms Sample Exploration (Student-Led Inquiry)

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Exploration

I Wonder How We Can Design Homes

Students use the skills of questioning and working collaboratively to understand how we can design our homes to help us solve problems.

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Skill Look-Fors

Questioning

Questioning allows students to pursue their ideas and explore the world around them.

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Skill Look-Fors

Working Collaboratively

Working collaboratively requires students to work together with their peers and/ or adults to achieve a common goal or purpose.

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Backgrounder

Architectural Design and Planning

Backgrounders are used to learn about Architectural Design and Planning.

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Backgrounder

Shapes Of Structures

Backgrounders are used to learn about Shapes and Structures.