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STEM Career Lesson: How do you map an underwater forest? (distance learning)

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
  • Multimedia
15 pages
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How do you map an underwater forest? Hear from Dr. Brian Helmuth about life as an aquanaut, then try it yourself through visualization, fun classroom activities, interactive podcast episode, and a hands-on STEM Challenge! Can also be used for digital learning at home.

Purchase includes:

  1. What is a podcast? introductory video
  2. 45-minute 5E lesson plan
  3. Student Solve It! Pack (graphic organizer, scaffolded listening guide, and reflection sheet)
  4. Answer key for Student Solve It! Pack
  5. Reflection grading checklist
  6. Exclusive link to podcast episode
  7. Aquanaut! For Kids flyer
  8. Access to online bonus content to keep exploring

Solve It! For Kids is a new science podcast with acclaimed children’s STEM author Jennifer Swanson and podcast personality Jed Doherty. Give your students a peek into the life of real scientists, engineers, and experts and challenge them to use curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity! The perfect way to integrate STEM in the elementary classroom while developing problem solving and listening skills.

Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. Maps can include topographic maps of Earth’s land and ocean floor, as well as maps of the locations of mountains, continental boundaries, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Examples could include the influence of the ocean on ecosystems, landform shape, and climate; the influence of the atmosphere on landforms and ecosystems through weather and climate; and the influence of mountain ranges on winds and clouds in the atmosphere. The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere are each a system. Assessment is limited to the interactions of two systems at a time.
Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.
Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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