STEM Lab Grade 1   (#5020080)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

This course offers students an opportunity to deepen science, mathematics, engineering, and technology skills.  The primary content focus will be to expand knowledge of current grade level standards in mathematics and science by applying that content in a real world, hands-on situation involving engineering and technology.  For first grade, themes will focus on the investigation of number sense, measurement, geometry, earth science, life science, and physical science concepts.

Students will participate in various hands-on STEM activities in this supplemental course to assist in the mastery of current grade level mathematics and science standards.

Instructional Practices 
Teaching from a range of complex text is optimized when teachers in all subject areas implement the following strategies on a routine basis:

  1. Ensuring wide reading from complex text that varies in length.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Emphasizing text-specific complex questions, and cognitively complex tasks, reinforce focus on the text and cultivate independence.
  4. Emphasizing students supporting answers based upon evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Science and Engineering Practices (NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, 2010)

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering).
  • Developing and using models.
  • Planning and carrying out investigations.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking.
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering).
  • Engaging in argument from evidence.
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English Language Learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in science and math.  For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success.  The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills.  To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:  http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SC.pdf.

For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at sala@fldoe.org.

General Information

Course Number: 5020080
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: STEM Lab 1
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Status: Course Approved

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Exploring Kangaroo Island Part 3: The Waters:

Make observations of the plants, animals and environment in the waters of Australia's Kangaroo Island.

This interactive tutorial is part 3 of 3. Click below to explore other habitats on Kangaroo Island.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Exploring Kangaroo Island Part 2: The Woodlands:

Make observations of the plants, animals and overall environment in the woodlands of Australia's Kangaroo Island.

This interactive tutorial is part 1 of 3. Click below to explore other habitats on Kangaroo Island.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Exploring Kangaroo Island Part 1: The Coast:

Make observations of the plants, animals and environment along the coastline of Australia's Kangaroo Island.

This interactive tutorial is part 1 of 3. Click below to explore other habitats on Kangaroo Island.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Germs: How Do You Know?:

Learn how germs that make people sick can spread and why doctors might ask you to learn from home even if you don’t feel sick with this interactive tutorial

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Magnification:

Learn about magnification, how it works, and different types of magnifiers with this interactive tutorial!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shape Sleuths: Trapezoids:

Learn about the defining attributes of trapezoids in this interactive tutorial series about shapes.

Click below to learn about other shapes.

Note: This tutorial uses the definition of trapezoid that includes exactly one pair of parallel sides. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shape Sleuths: Rectangles and Squares:

Help find clues to identify rectangles and squares and their defining attributes in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sorting Part 4: Sinking and Floating:

Make and test predictions to see if different items sink or float in water in this interactive tutorial.

This is Part 4 in a four-part series about sorting.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Circus Fun: The Search for Circles:

Learn the attributes, or characteristics, of a circle in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sorting Part 3: Temperature:

Learn all about temperature and use temperature to sort different types of food in this interactive tutorial.

This is Part 3 in a four-part series about sorting.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sorting Part 2: Weight:

Learn about weight and use weight to sort different types of sports balls. 

This is Part 2 in a four-part series about sorting.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sorting Part 1: Size, Shape, Color, and Texture:

Sort bugs and other critters by their different attributes, including size, shape, color, and texture, in this interactive tutorial.

This is Part 1 in a four-part series about sorting.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What Goes Up:

Look at the effect gravity has on objects as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Circus of Movement:

Looks at the different ways things can move in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Seeing Stars:

Explore stars in outer space (including our own Sun) in this interactive tutorial. You'll learn what they're made of, how many there are, and how magnifiers can help us see them.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shape Sleuths: Hexagons:

Learn about the defining attributes of hexagons in this interactive tutorial series about shapes.

Click below to learn about other shapes.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parts of a Plant:

Look at a plant and what each part does as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shape Sleuths: Triangles:

Learn about the defining attributes of triangles in this interactive tutorial series about shapes.

Click below to learn about other shapes.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Playing with Science: Push & Pull:

Learn how to change the motion of an object by applying pushing and pulling forces using a variety of toys.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What's the Weather?:

Learn how to organize data in three categories as well as represent and interpret the data in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Zoo School:

Explore the zoo and learn how to order and compare objects by length and height in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Educational Software / Tool

Hundreds Chart:

A printable hundreds chart featuring a 10x10 table numbered 1 to 100. (found on Illuminations website under "Trading for Quarters")

Type: Educational Software / Tool

Problem-Solving Tasks

Overlapping Rectangles:

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to compose and decompose polygons to make rectangles. This is a challenging problem for first graders and it would be inappropriate to use it as an assessment.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Measure Me!:

The purpose of this task is for students to measure something that interests them (namely themselves) by laying multiple copies of a shorter object that represents the length unit end to end. This task provides students an opportunity to discuss the need to be careful when measuring as it is very likely that some of them will get incorrect comparisons of their leg length with their partner's leg length.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

How Long:

The purpose of this task is to help students learn how to take measurements.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Ordering Numbers:

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to compare numbers less than 100 to benchmark numbers. Even though a number line is not explicitly given in the task, it is useful for students to list the numbers in the order they would appear on the number line; this allows them to focus on the relative ordering without worrying about the exact placement on the number line.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Counting Squares:

The purpose of this task is to give students an opportunity to compose and decompose squares. This is a challenging problem for first graders and it would be inappropriate to use it as an assessment. However, if presented as a brainteaser it can be useful for giving the students practice in recognizing squares and stimulate interest as students compete to try to find the most squares.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

Tutorials

Place Value Example with 25:

In this tutorial, you will learn to see 25 as 2 tens and 5 ones.

Type: Tutorial

Monkeys for a party:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, explore place value relationships with tens and ones within 20.

Type: Tutorial

Teens as sums with 10:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, place value patterns are explored in "teen" numbers.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animations

Candy Shipping:

Choose the correct amount of candy to package in the box. The truck will deliver the correctly filled packages.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

What Do Animals Eat?:

This video segment samples the diversity of feeding habits among some of the world's creatures. Different animals eat different things through different mechanisms.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulatives

Pattern Blocks (NLVM's grades PreK-2):

This virtual manipulative will allow the students to form different kinds of patterns. Learners will be able to describe parts in relation to a whole group. They will also be able to distinguish between characteristics of shapes.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Geoboard:

This extremely versatile manipulative can be used by learners of different grades. At early grades, this manipulative will help the students recognize, name, build, draw, and compare two-dimensional shapes. As they progress students can classify and understand relationships among types of two-dimensional objects using their defining properties. The application computes perimeter and area allowing students to explore patterns as dimensions change.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Attribute Blocks (Identifying Attributes):

This virtual manipulative will help the learners by presenting them with variety of attributes blocks. The blocks pictured in the work space have attributes such as: sizes (large, small), shape (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon), and color (red, yellow, blue, green). Each problem presents the user with a collection of blocks within the central oval that shares a common attribute. The task is to identify the common attribute.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Data Grapher:

Students use this interactive tool to explore the connections between data sets and their representations in charts and graphs. Enter data in a table (1 to 6 columns, unlimited rows), and preview or print bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, and pictographs. Students can select which set(s) of data to display in each graph, and compare the effects of different representations of the same data. Instructions and exploration questions are provided using the expandable "+" signs above the tool.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Base Blocks:

This virtual manipulative provides base blocks that consist of individual "units," "longs," "flats," and "blocks" (ten of each set for base 10). They can be used to show place value for numbers and to increase understanding of addition and subtraction. Also allows for representation of decimal numbers.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Pattern Blocks (NLVM's grades 2-5):

This virtual manipulative offers pattern blocks of different shapes and in different colors which can be used for a range of activities. In addition, the resource offers descriptions of six example activities in the "Activities" section, and a sample lesson plan in the section "Parent/Teacher."

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Shape Tool:

This virtual manipulative allows you to create, color, enlarge, shrink, rotate, reflect, slice, and glue geometric shapes, such as: squares, triangles, rhombi, trapezoids and hexagons.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Shape Cutter:

This virtual manipulative allows students to draw geometric shapes and then decompose and recompose them into other shapes, using slides, turns, and flips to cut and move pieces around.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Histogram:

In this activity, students can create and view a histogram using existing data sets or original data entered. Students can adjust the interval size using a slider bar, and they can also adjust the other scales on the graph. This activity allows students to explore histograms as a way to represent data as well as the concepts of mean, standard deviation, and scale. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the java applet.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.