STEM in Action Project

Value Added Standards

  1. Students will conduct scientific investigations.
  2. Student will collaborate to investigate and/or solve real problems in their community.
  3. Students will use digital media to communicate information effectively to multiple audiences.
  4. Students will develop a deep cultural understanding by collaborating directly with learners from other cultures.
  5. Students will demonstrate creative thinking and develop innovative products.

Adademic Standards

Science     Generate a scientific question and plan an appropriate scientific investigation, such as systematic observations, field studies, open-ended exploration or controlled experiments to answer the question.     Identify and collect relevant evidence, make systematic observations and accurate measurements, and identify variables in a scientific investigation.     Use appropriate tools and techniques in gathering, analyzing and interpreting data.

For example:  Spring scale, metric measurements, tables, mean/median/range, spreadsheets, and appropriate graphs.

Math     Create and analyze double-bar graphs and line graphs by applying understanding of whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Know how to create spreadsheet tables and graphs to display data.

Language Arts    Create an individual or shared multimedia work or digital text for a specific purpose (e.g., to create or integrate knowledge, to share experiences or information, to persuade, to entertain, or as artistic expression.) 

1b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
2a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
2b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
4a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
4b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project

a. Evaluate the Fair Use of each visual element or piece of music used in a media work and create a list documenting the source for each found
image or piece of music.
b. Publish the work and share it with an audience. 

Project Description

    Our fifth grade students start off the year studying bumble bees, honey bees, and native bees. Students design and conduct an investigation that involves trapping and identifying bees.  In the process, they create a species area curve using math to learn about the relationship between biodiversity in a given area and the size of that area.  

    Understanding this relationship helps the students determine habitat needs by species. They begin to understand that an organism's patterns of behavior are related to the nature of its environment or biome.  Throughout their investigation, students take photographs using the iPad. Students then create a video lab report of the project and showcase the videos at our annual Insects and More Fair. 

Sample 5th Grade Video Lab Report