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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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.
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.
Key Concept Explorations
Key Concept Explorations are used to teach and reinforce the students’ understanding of key concepts being learned.
Tools and Templates for Key Concept Explorations
Chart paper and interactive whiteboard examples that can be used to develop student understanding of concepts.
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.
Questioning allows students to pursue their ideas and explore the world around them.
Working collaboratively requires students to work together with their peers and/ or adults to achieve a common goal or purpose.
Architectural Design and Planning
Backgrounders are used to learn about Architectural Design and Planning.
Shapes Of Structures
Backgrounders are used to learn about Shapes and Structures.