
In this lesson students collaborate while planning, constructing, and testing a structure that reduces the warming effect of sunlight on an ice cube. This is the seventh lesson of a nine lesson betterlesson.com unit by Joyce Baumann.

Students will design and make bridges out of folded pieces of paper, and test how much weight they can hold using pennies. Students will be able to explain how a bridge’s shape can make it stronger and perform tests to compare differe ...

This activity is an extension of the Paper Bridge Design Challenge. In addition to making bridges out of folded pieces of paper, students will have access to a variety of materials (construction paper, aluminum foil, wax paper, cardstock, and m ...

Biomimetics is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. In this lesson, students identify a human problem and use biomimicry to develop a possible solution.

This is a 5E lesson plan from the book Picture Perfect STEM Lessons, K2 Using Children's Books to Inspire STEM Learning by Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry. The books Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley and National Geographic Kids: Robots b ...

In this unit, students must identify and define a problem posed in a reallife, probable scenario. They conduct research, design and test probable solutions to the problem, and engage in literacy, math, and engineering activities in order to solve th ...

Students are introduced to a fictional problem (the need for a new hamster habitat in a pet store) and are invited to solve the problem through an engineering design (a hamster habitat). They work through a series of lessons to learn about the n ...

This resource contains directions on how to create a solar eclipse box that works exactly like a pinhole camera. Teachers can use this resource to help students observe and predict sun and moon patterns. To truly make this an engineering design ...

This resource highlights that many of the science investigations that teachers are currently using in their classrooms can easily be adapted to engage students in engineering design. In this article the authors share two examples of how they ad ...

This resource combines The Engineering Design Process and technology using an iPad to have students create an electronic STEM journal documenting what they learned about wind and weather as they design sails for a model boat.

This 5E lesson plan uses the backwardsdesign approach integrated with literacy to expand upon children's knowledge of fireflies and light. Students will able to gather evidence to develop the understanding that at night objects can be see ...

This activity will help students understand the role of a pollinator by having them construct a model of an insect and a model of a flower to investigate how flowers are pollinated.

This article discusses how students were engaged in a yearlong project that integrated science, mathematics, and literacy. Utilizing a projectbased learning (PBL) format entitled gardenbased learning (GBL) students participat ...

This article provides insight on an a first grade derby car engineering activity. First graders build derby cars while enhancing their communication skills. This lesson illustrates how the engineering design process, coupled with differentiatio ...

This article describes a sixday unit for first graders that integrates music, science, and literature to assess and develop first graders' knowledge of sound waves.

This 5E lesson plan requires second graders to use observations and the engineering design process to test a variety of materials and decide which would make the best rainproof roof for a doghouse.

This resource is an introductory kindergarten STEM unit that focused on building a trap to catch a gingerbread man. This activity integrates STEM with literacy as students read, write, learn about pushes and pulls, and design a trap for th ...

This resource is a 5E lesson based on the book "All the Water in the World" by George Ella Lyon and Katerine Tillotson. In this lesson students describe ways they use water and how they can reduce their water consumption. ...

Please note this resource is an article found in the January 2016 Volume 53 Number 5 edition of NSTA's "Science and Children" Journal which can be accessed for free in the NSTA Learning Center for NSTA members. The article is enti ...

This lesson is the second day of an end of the unit task to address the Performance Expectation: Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants. This end of unit t ...

This lesson was designed for students to investigate the impact that humans can have in controlling erosion. Students plan, design, construct, and evaluate ways to slow or prevent landslides from changing the shape of the land.

In this lesson students design a vanilla plant pollinator. This is an endoftheunit task, taking about 3 days to complete. The students will view an amazing video that tells about the problems with pollinating vanill ...

This resource is an excerpt of lessons from the University of WisconsinMadison's Investigating Plants with Wisconsin Fast Plants Program. Students will explore Fast Plants' flowers and learn how flowers and their internal structures are related to ...

Being able to recognize a problem and design a potential solution is the first step in the development of new and useful products. In this activity, students create devices to get "that pesky itch in the center of your back." Once the idea ...

A lesson plan based on the book Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming where bunnies keep getting a farmer’s vegetable garden and eating his vegetables. Students will design and build something to prevent the bunnies from getting into the veget ...