Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons

by: Milton Huling and Jackie Speake Dwyer

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Sure, there are lots of cool STEM activities you can use in class. But do they really help your students learn science? This book shows you how to take lessons you’re already familiar with and, through small changes, do what the title says: Design STEM lessons that are actually meaningful for teaching and learning science. You can also make sure your STEM lessons contain the content students need to learn.

The book’s foundation is a conceptual framework that keeps science front and center, showing you how to embed engineering, technology, and science applications in your lessons—similar to how you would embed literacy skills in your classwork. To make it easy to use this conceptual framework, Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons provides 13 ready-to-use lessons in physical science, life science, and Earth and space science. True to the authors’ promise to be both relevant and exciting, the lessons have titles such as “Cell-fie” and “Aircraft Catapult.” All correlate with A Framework for K–12 Science Education, take a constructivist approach, and operate within the 5E instructional model. By presenting STEM as a “process and not a thing,” Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons helps you bring STEM learning to life in your classroom, easily and effectively.

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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