The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising second-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:
- Teacher Free Little Libraries
- From Seed to Plant
- Animal Adaptations
- Candy Shop Owner
- Drums and Vibrations
- Classroom Architect
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: Teacher Free Little Libraries
Driving Question: Why are libraries important to people?
Project Introduction: The community library is very far away and the school library is closed during the summer. As a teacher, you would like your students to be able to read books every day. Because reading is such an important part of learning, your school community has decided to build Free Little libraries around the community so that people can share and borrow books. You will decide where to put the libraries so that they are close to many people.
Project 2: From Seed to Plant
Driving Question: What does a plant need to grow?
Project Introduction: You are a horticulturalist who owns a greenhouse. A horticulturalist is a person who grows plants and flowers for their daily job. Because you grow your plants and flowers in a greenhouse, you can grow plants all year long. In your greenhouse, you are planting seeds to grow seedlings. Seedlings are very small plants. You sell these seedlings to the local farmers who can plant them in their fields where they will they grow big and strong.
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Project 3: Animal Adaptations
Driving Question: How do animals survive in different parts of the world?
Project Introduction: Animal adaptations are the important changes that have occurred in animals over time that have helped them stay alive and survive in their environments. An environment is the setting where we live with plants and animals. You are working for a visitor center where your job is to tell the people who visit about the different kinds of environments on our Earth. People come to the visitor center looking for information that might help them choose where they want to go visit. Your job is to tell the visitors all about the animals and local wildlife that live in that area. It will be helpful to study the different adaptations that animals have had to make in order to understand the animals and the environment.
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Project 4: Candy Shop Owner
Driving Question: What is an entrepreneur and what makes them unique?
Project Introduction: A person that owns and operates his own business is called an entrepreneur. You really like candy. You like the way it tastes, looks and you really like sharing it with your friends and family! You like it so much you are going to open your own candy store. In this task you will be a candy store entrepreneur.
Project 5: Drums and Vibrations
Driving Question: Do vibrations cause sounds or do sounds cause vibrations?
Project Introduction: Drums play an important part in all different kinds of bands. Rock and roll bands use drums to help keep the beat. They are played by striking the drum with a hand or stick. The material used to make the drum and the material used to hit the drum can affect how the drum sounds. The size and shape of the drum can also affect the sound it makes. Drummers use many different drums to make different sounds.
Project 6: Astronomer
Driving Question: What do astronomers do?
Project Introduction: An astronomer is a person or scientist who studies astronomy. Astronomy is the study of all stars, planets and objects in the sky. Stars are fun to learn about and watch at night. Did you know that the Sun is actually a star? The Sun is the closest star to our planet, but many other stars and groups of stars can still be seen from here on Earth. As you look up at the night sky, some stars appear as a group called a constellation. Constellations are groups of stars that form a picture or a pattern in the sky. Being an astronomer is very interesting because there are many patterns to observe and explore.
Project 7: Classroom Architect
Driving Question: What does your perfect classroom look like?
Project Introduction: A classroom is an important space for students. Classrooms are where students spend most of their time while they are at school. There is a lot of planning and details that go into designing a classroom. An architect is someone who designs and makes a plan for a particular space. To design a classroom, it is important to work with an architect who will make sure that the new space is an ideal environment for learning.