The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising first-grade students during this year's STREAM mini-camps. Using Defined Learning's educational platform, instructors will be provided with seven problem-based learning opportunities ("projects") for students that are aligned to TDOE core content learning standards. All projects include an introduction to a real-life career, a driving question, a project task plan, and options for instructors to choose the tasks that students complete. Specific projects include:
- Weather Reporter
- Zoo Animals
- Shapes Around the Neighborhood
- Vehicle Design
For STREAM mini-camps, instructors will also receive the following resources (PDFs attached):
Accessing these Resources
These resources have been provided to all Tennessee counties for this year's STREAM mini-camps free of charge. An instructor's method of accessing the Defined Learning platform is based on the county that the instructor will be teaching in for the summer. The steps for accessing the Defined Learning platform are available below:
- Find your district by clicking on this link. You will be taken to a Google Sheets document that includes how each district will access the Defined Learning platform.
- If there is text in the "Access" column (i.e., Google Login, ClassLink or Clever), this indicates that your district will access Defined Learning through an alternative sign-on method. Click on the link that accompanies the text in the "Access" column and try to login to the Defined Learning platform via that method.
- If you are unable to access your account through the alternative sign-on method OR if there is nothing in the "Access" column, then you can create an account by clicking on the text that reads "Create a Defined Learning User Account" that is in the same row as your district name. This will open a link that allows you to create your unique UserName/ Password combination to login to Defined Learning. Please note that you can only have one Defined Learning account associated with an email address.
If there are any problems accessing Defined Learning, please reach out to Julie Gagne, Implementation Director for Defined Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defined Learning will also be hosting several Zoom sessions through the end of May to answer any questions that instructors may have about the Defined Learning platform. Click here to be taken to a Google Doc that contains a list of these Zoom sessions by date/time.
Project 1: Firefighter
Driving Question: What can I do to be safe in any environment?
Project Introduction: Firefighters work very hard every day at the Fire Department. Firefighters spend some of their days practicing and preparing for emergencies, but most of their days are spent responding to important 911 emergency calls. When phone calls come in to the station, all emergency vehicles quickly leave to go to the emergency. The Fire Department is needed for many kinds of emergencies. There may be emergencies such as small kitchen fires, large building fires or even car accidents. No matter what your emergency is, you can call 911.
- K.11, 15, 16
Project 2: Weather Reporter
Driving Question: How do we know what the weather will be everyday?
Project Introduction: The weather is different all over the world. In some places the weather is cool. In other places the weather is hot. What is the weather like where you live? People report the weather so that other people can know what to wear. This is called forecasting. Knowing what the weather is can also help to keep you safe. People want to know if is going to be sunny. They also want to know if it is going to rain or snow. Predicting the weather is very important. Predicting the weather is telling people ahead of time what the weather might be like.
Project 3: Zoo Animals
Driving Question: How can zoos help us understand animals?
Project Introduction: Many different animals live at the zoo. These animals come from all over the world. Each area of the zoo is set up like the place where the animals come from so it will feel like their home. Zoos help us understand that all animals and living things need water, air and food from the land to be able to survive in the places they live. Visiting zoos can teach people of all ages about the lives and welfare of animals.
Project 4: Shapes Around the Neighborhood
Driving Question: What shapes can be seen in and on buildings?
Project Introduction: When you look around at the buildings in your neighborhood, you will probably see many different shapes. For example, what is the shape of a window or a door? Shapes have different lines and parts that are called characteristics. In this task, you will be inspecting all of the different shapes that can be found in your neighborhood.
Project 5: Honeybees
Driving Question: What do honeybees do that is important?
Project Introduction: Bees have a very important job in the environment. Bees are pollinators. As a pollinator, a bee's job is to carry pollen from plant to plant. Pollen is a yellow powder that plants need in order to grow new seeds. When plants make more seeds, more plants will grow. Many plants, nuts, fruits and berries depend on bees to get the pollen they need. Many scientists are worried that honeybees are slowly disappearing. So, we as humans need to be very careful to make sure that bees keep on living so they can do their important job in nature.
Project 6: Inventor
Driving Question: What are different ways that inventions help people?
Project Introduction: Inventions are new ideas or actual things that can help the way we live or do our jobs. There are so many different kinds of inventions, some are simple and small such as a spoon or a bandaid. Some are big and fancy such as a car or a space shuttle. Other inventions you might know are computers, phones, lightbulbs or even vacuums that can move by themselves. Just think about all the things around us that we need and use everyday. These things are very clever inventions.
- K.O1, 03-04, 06, 11, 15-16
Project 7: Vehicle Design
Driving Question: How do people use vehicles?
Project Introduction: There are many ways people get themselves and goods from place to place. A vehicle can be used to take people where they need to go. A vehicle can be a car, truck or bus. Most vehicles have wheels. Vehicles can be used to transport things we buy and sell and for other important jobs. You have been asked to make a vehicle that can be used for a very special need. You will be showing this vehicle to the head of design and production of an auto manufacturing company. An auto manufacturing company produces vehicles. Produce means to make something, you will be helping this company by showing them the vehicle you made.