This is an exciting STEM project that spans several days (depending how you'd like to structure it, you could fit it in for two full school days up to a week). This unit is cross curricular, with structured lesson and learning targets in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. It is aligned to the CCSS for third and fourth grade. It is perfect for introducing a short project at the start of a school year, or for Earth Day!
These lessons can been used for a whole class of 3rd or 4th graders (there are MANY common core state standards for area in third AND fourth grade), or as a reinforcing/review project for 5th graders.
Reading: asking and answering questions
Writing: "how-to" informational writing
Math: measurement & data
Science: engineering and alternative energy
Students will read and learn about alternative energy, design and build their own prototype of a wind-powered car, generate measure data, draw line plots graphs of those measurements, and write a “how-to” for building it.
Included in this unit plan:
1. Structured lessons in reading, writing, science and math with detailed instructions
2. Prototype planning sheet
3. Supply list
4. Exit slips as a formative assessment
7. Reflection sheet for the end of the project
8. Wind energy fact sheet
9. Sample line plot graph
This is a great project to really embed those Standards for Mathematical Practice into your classroom.
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.
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