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Keywords: Digital media, research
Subject(s): Information Skills, Art, Photography, Social Skills, Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Science, Writing, Math, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Engineering Science University Magnet School, New Haven, CT
Original Author: CAROLYN STREETS, New Haven
Objective: Develop an understanding of key STEM-specific concepts anchored by tier 2-3 vocabulary.

Audience: 7th-grade middle school students

Task 1: Students will research and generate STEM-specific tier 2 (high frequency/multiple meaning) and 3
(low frequency/content specific) vocabulary from their readings in science, technology, engineering, and math STEM core subjects.

Task 2: Students will create graphic informational texts using digital or media platforms to illustrate each topic using the corresponding vocabulary which will be used as a reference, resource, and during peer-to-peer learning.

Task 3: Students will use their illustrations to present their understandings with each other, lower grades, and partner schools in order to extend their understandings.

Closure: Students will select 3-5 STEM-specific vocabulary words in order to create a word wall showcasing their conceptual understandings.
This is a great learning opportunity for students to engage in peer to peer learning and extended thinking
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
STEM core subjects can use this lesson plan to help teach key concepts
Present illustrations during school expo
Materials: Digital Cameras, Wildlife, Point and Shoot, Printers, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Hardware Devices