Reflection: Rigor STEM Lab: Basic Needs and Habitats - Section 6: Day 2 Activity


Building TeamworkUsing the Engineering Design Cycle is a process that keeps both myself and my students focused on their work by using student interest to develop commitment to the task. Incorporating problem based or project based learning is crucial because it captures the interest of my students. First graders are already interested in learning about animals, but there are many choices for STEM projects. My colleague who runs the STEM lab and I selected this particular project because it provides lots of components for building because they must include all 5 basic needs.

Building Teamwork 2Following the design cycle also provides a valuable introduction and preparation to the material. We don't just jump right in to building because there must be thought and planning behind what the students do to make the learning rigorous. Without the 'think' and 'plan' steps, students would just be building, which they can already do. The rigor in this project comes from planning out each step and utilizing resources, like books, prior knowledge, and the Internet, to continue to build knowledge while also showing what we know. Watch this room overview video to see and hear what we look like while we work.

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STEM Lab: Basic Needs and Habitats

Unit 3: Living Organisms - Animals
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT work collaboratively to design and construct a habitat that provides the basic needs for a mammal.

Big Idea: Students design, create, and explain a habitat and basic needs!

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Science, Science Skills, First Grade, 1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food, and shelter , 1.L.2.2
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