STEM lesson plans
There has been wide support throughout the education sector for primary school teachers to have a focus on STEM. The opportunity to integrate content across subjects is one of the great strengths of a primary education available to all primary teachers. This is particularly valuable because learning different content across various lessons builds students’ literacy and numeracy, the very skills assessed by NAPLAN.
Starting Bright is passionate about primary teaching and STEM education, facilitating teachers to become competent and confident.
We produce individual lesson plans for any STEM subject the teacher wants to cover.
Each session plan meant to provide with the list of interdisciplinary connections to Victorian Curriculum for the appropriate Grade level, objectives, background information for teachers, list of materials to conduct the session, step-by-step procedures and many other helpful tools.
Grab-and-go STEM sessions plan will enhance your teaching and make planning and delivering lessons easier! Contact us for further enquiry.
Introduce your students to the scientific method
We love to encourage the scientific learning in young students through their natural curiosity applying the scientific method. Once learned, the scientific method becomes students and teachers constant companion for basic experiments and science fair projects.
The basic steps of the scientific method are:
Ask a question
The scientific method begins with asking questions about observations students make: how, what, when, why, or where? Scientists too, they look at the world around them and pose questions.
Make a hypothesis
A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things work. It is an attempt to answer your question with an explanation that can be tested.
These predictions are drawn from prior knowledge and experiences and students should connect and apply what they have learned. “What do you think will happen when you conduct an experiment to answer your question?”
Plan an experiment
After making a hypothesis, the next step is to plan an experiment. Remind students that good plans have short and clear steps that they will be able to follow. The plan should also include any materials that will be used in the experiment.
Test the hypothesis with an experiment
After scientists have gathered all the materials needed for the experiment, the next step is to do it! Set up a test experiment to see if your hypothesis is right or wrong. Often is it necessary to repeat an experiment in the same way to be sure of your results.
Analyze the results of the experiment/ Draw a conclusion/ Communicate results
After the completion of the experiment, the next step is to analyze the data and draw a conclusion. Scientists look at the information they have gathered and observed, and make connections to come to a conclusion. These conclusions may or may not be in agreement with their hypothesis. Remind students that scientists sometimes make incorrect predictions too, and an important part of the scientific process is to understand why predictions were incorrect.
Explain and communicate your results with others. Professional scientists do almost exactly the same thing by publishing their final report in a scientific journal or by presenting their results at scientific meetings!
Basic scientific investigation activities can increase students’ confidence in their ability to not only learn new information about the world, but also to become more skilled and thorough thinkers.
Check these STEM lesson plans that may help you to introduce the scientific method in your primary classroom!