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Implementing STEM in the Fourth Grade Classroom

With an increasing demand for science background in an increasing number of occupations and low science scores nationwide, elementary schools are in need of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum that encompasses the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This project is intended to be a guide for fourth grade teachers to begin implementing STEM into their routine curriculum. This program is prepared using Discrepant Events, Inquiry Based Learning, the Five E Planning Model and Science Language Development. The curriculum consists of three units that follow NGSS Earth Space Science (ESS) standards: Erosion, Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. It was developed for the initial use with a fourth grade classroom in a rural community within San Diego County. This curriculum will assist both new and experienced teachers with the structure and implementation of STEM in their classroom.

With an increasing demand for science background in an increasing number of occupations and low science scores nationwide, elementary schools are in need of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum that encompasses the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This project is intended to be a guide for fourth grade teachers to begin implementing STEM into their routine curriculum. This program is prepared using Discrepant Events, Inquiry Based Learning, the Five E Planning Model and Science Language Development. The curriculum consists of three units that follow NGSS Earth Space Science (ESS) standards: Erosion, Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes. It was developed for the initial use with a fourth grade classroom in a rural community within San Diego County. This curriculum will assist both new and experienced teachers with the structure and implementation of STEM in their classroom.

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