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What if you could challenge your third graders to design a swing set that’s safe but still lots of fun? With this volume in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series, you can!Swing Set Makeover outlines a journey that will steer your students toward authentic problem solving while grounding them in integrated STEM disciplines. As are the other volumes in the series, this book is designed to meet the growing need to infuse real-world learning into K–12 classrooms.The book is a four-lesson interdisciplinary module that uses project- and problem-based learning. Students will draw on physics, mathematics, engineering, English language arts, and social studies to do the following:
• Compare swing set designs for both safety and fun factors.
• Recognize gravity and friction as forces; evaluate the forces that affect both children’s bodies and swing sets on the playground; and spot ways these forces play into design challenges.
• Use the engineering design process to create alternative shapes and designs for a swing set.
• Collect data using mathematical tools and record data with line plots and bar graphs.
• Build models of their proposed designs and write blogs to summarize the improvements that maximize playground fun while minimizing risks.
The STEM Road Map Curriculum Series is anchored in the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. In-depth and flexible, Patterns and the Plant World can be used as a whole unit or in part to meet the needs of districts, schools, and teachers who are charting a course toward an integrated STEM approach.
About the Editors and AuthorsAcknowledgmentsPart 1: The STEM Road Map: Background, Theory, and Practice1: Overview of the STEM Road Map Curriculum SeriesStandards-Based ApproachThemes in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series The Need for an Integrated STEM ApproachFramework for STEM Integration in the ClassroomThe Need for the STEM Road Map Curriculum SeriesReferences 2: Strategies Used in the STEM Road Map Curriculum SeriesProject- and Problem-Based Learning Engineering Design ProcessLearning CycleSTEM Research NotebookThe Role of Assessment in the STEM Road Map Curriculum SeriesSelf-Regulated Learning Theory in the STEM Road Map ModulesSafety in STEMReferencesPart 2: Swing Set Makeover: STEM Road Map Module3: Swing Set Makeover Module Overview Module Summary Established Goals and Objectives Challenge or Problem for Students to Solve: Swing Set Makeover Design Challenge Content Standards Addressed in This STEM Road Map Module STEM Research Notebook Module Launch Prerequisite Skills for the Module Potential STEM Misconceptions SRL Process Components Strategies for Differentiating Instruction Within This Module Strategies for English Language Learners Safety Considerations for the Activities in This Module Desired Outcomes and Monitoring Success Assessment Plan Overview and Map Module Timeline Resources References4: Swing Set Makeover Lesson Plans Lesson Plan 1: Forces Push Back Lesson Plan 2: Slippery Slide Design Lesson Plan 3: Swinging Pendulums Lesson Plan 4: Swing Set Makeover Design Challenge5: Transforming Learning With Swing Set Makeover and the STEM Road Map Curriculum SeriesAppendix: Content Standards Addressed in This ModuleIndex
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