Here you will find lesson plans, family activities, and media guides for use by teachers, parents and children. Researchers, teachers and teacher educators may also be interested in the presentations and reading guides. Return to this page periodically as the resources will be updated regularly.
As part of our work, the (ES)2 STEM Learning Lab produces socially transformative STEM education materials for K-12 students and teachers. Below are lesson plans that we have created. Feedback on your implementation of these lessons is always welcome!
Many times, parents avoid engaging in STEM activities with their children for fear that they lack the requisite STEM knowledge. However, there are many everyday activities in which parents can engage with children that will help children to better understand the STEM content presented in school. Below are activities that we have created for parents. As you engage in these activities with your children, raise a lot of questions, even if you do not have answers. And have fun!
Media Guides are useful for K-12 and university-level instructors. The guides provide direction for students as they consume media (e.g. read a text or view a film). Instructors might also draw from the guides to craft questions for discussions, papers, quizzes, or exams.
The guides provided here consist of 4 types of questions. The first are recall questions, which require students to recall specific facts from the text or film. Recall questions support students in their efforts to be more focused and attentive when consuming media. The second are recall questions, which require students to demonstrate an understanding of key terms used in the text or film. Vocabulary questions support students in their efforts to understand the media with greater precision. The third are reflection questions, which require students to make intratextual connections within the text. The fourth are extension questions, which require students to make intertextual connections between the subject texts and outside texts. Both reflection questions and extension questions support students in their efforts to draw conclusions about the meaning and veracity of the text.