Teacher Profesional Learning

STEM Storyline Trainings

Save our Turtles!

In this NGSS-aligned STEM storyline, students explore the physical and nutritional properties of different foods and engineer a healthy and yummy snack for their friends and families. This unit aids students in mastering the 5th grade Physical Science performance expectations for Structure and Properties of Matter (5-PS-1-1, 5-PS1-2, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS-1-4).

Why Won’t Our Blueberries Grow?

This NGSS-aligned STEM storyline, students embark on a mission to help preserve the Western Pond Turtle from extinction! Students study the ecosystem in which this endangered species thrives and come up with a plan to help reduce negative human impact on their survival! Students master the NGSS Life Science bundle for Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems (PEs 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, and 5-LS2-1).

Patterns in the Sky

Embark on a journey with your students to answer the driving question: How are animals affected by changes in the sky? This NGSS-aligned integrated storyline unit strives to help students explore the 1st grade NGSS standards bundle Space Systems: Patterns in the Sky (1ESS1-1 and 1-ESS1-2). Students explore changing patterns in the sky through a series of investigations which are interwoven with the storyline of exploring animal behavior and how it changes as the sun, moon and stars appear to change. Help students understand these daily astronomical phenomenon while using a variety of picture books and expository texts to create an experience that cultivates literacy in both English Language Arts and STEM! The unit ends in an art gallery showcase where students create pieces of art to educate others about how a particular animal behaves as the sky changes.

Inspired by Nature

This unit helps students understand the concept of biomimicry and how humans can use the traits and behaviors of plants and animals to create solutions to many human-related problems. The unit starts by highlighting the practice of biomimicry by helping students make connections to everyday objects that have been inspired by the natural world. Then, each lesson helps students dig deeper into the traits and patterns of behavior that organisms exhibit in nature. The structure of the unit includes a combination of hands-on FOSS investigations, engineering tasks, and other lessons that help students deepen their understanding of plant and animal traits.

Where did the beach go?

Embark on a journey with your students to answer the driving question: How can we design a solution to prevent Washington’s coast from eroding? This NGSS-aligned integrated storyline unit strives to help students explore the 2nd grade NGSS standards bundle Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth (2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, & 2-ESS2-3). Students explore earth’s processes that cause change slowly and quickly. Students also explore a variety of earth materials and their resistance to erosion while designing a plan to help the people of Washaway beach with their serious beach erosion problem. The unit culminates in students designing a blockade to help prevent erosion in Washaway Beach (North Cove, WA).

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is much more than having students complete a project at the end of a unit of study. A true PBL engages students in an authentic, local problem that engages students by its relevancy and allowing for student voice and choice. PBL implies a strong collaboration between schools, the community and local business. The Buck Institute provides great resources for getting started, and ESD112 STEM Initiatives can coach your team, building or district towards implementing a PBL focus.