Built to Engage

The Indiana Migrant Education Program's STEM curriculum was built to engage students. We're working hard to create a learning experience that gives our students hands-on opportunities with technology in order to build academic, technological, and 21st century skills.

*Please note that this project is a work in progress. Ideas, lessons, and resources are constantly growing, changing, evolving, and improving.

“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period.” – April Chamberlain

The Lessons

Our lessons are broken into grade strands to better accommodate our summer school programming. Within each grade strand we have two different types of lessons. Lessons in the 1.0 format are lessons we're sharing more as a way to share lesson ideas. Lessons in the 2.0 format have been reviewed and revised and are updated to our summer school lesson format. To access the lessons, click a grade strand below.

Our most recent addition to the lessons are the project-based/inquiry-based lessons.

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Anatomy of a Lesson

All lessons in the 2.0 format should have a cleaned up look and be organized into a teaching strategy known as the "I Do, We Do, You Do" method. Each time our lessons introduce a concept, they do so in three steps instead of just one or two. Instead of introducing the new concept, then asking the students to immediately begin work independently on that concept, the "I Do, We Do, You Do" method uses a gradual release of responsibility from the teacher to the student.

Step 1: I Do

The teacher will demonstrate exactly what steps the students should follow in order to interact with the new concept. They might model the thinking that the students should be having during the activity, who to communicate that thinking with, or where to write it down. The students are watching and listening with their full attention on the teacher and what he or she is doing and saying.

Step 2: We Do

The teacher will partner with the students to do some examples of the activity together. Again, going step by step, except this time the students are expected to do the activity step by step with the teacher guiding the pace of the activity.

Step 3: You Do

The students will begin to do the activity on their own (or often in small groups) with the teacher acting as a coach and intervening only as necessary to help students as they start their learning of this new concept.

Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event. – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs

Student Notebooks

In order to help make using digital resources more simplistic for our students, we created digital student notebooks that we ask our students to copy to their Google Drive in order to use. These notebooks contain links to websites, videos, books, handouts, etc. that they will need as they work through the lessons. They also provide a space for our kids to do their work. Your students will need a Google account in order to use this digital notebook as they will need to copy it to their Google Drive.


Student feedback is important! We really want to know what students liked and what they didn't like. What was hard? What was exciting and what was boring? What ideas do they have to make it better? What else would they like to learn more about? Use the link below to allow your students to share how things are going with summer school as we go. Click the link below to fill out your evaluation when your teacher asks you.

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates

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Indiana Office of English Learning & Migrant Education

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