The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising third-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:
- A Sister City
- Entrepreneur - Lemonade Stand
- Creating a Garden
- Smart Products, Smart Consumers
- Reptile Land Curator
- Egyptian Museum
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: A Sister City
Driving Question: What makes a city or community special?
Project Introduction: Your city has many things that make it special. Your city has probably grown and changed over the years. The land, the people, and culture are unique to your city. In this task, you are going to choose another city in the world to learn about. This "sister city" will have many similarities to your city, but there will also be many different things about this city. It is important to study and learn about different places, people, and locations around the world.
- 2.SL.PKI.4, 6
- AIT.6, 7
- SSP.06.1 SSP.2.11, 16
Project 2: Entrepreneur - Lemonade Stand
Driving Question: How can you be successful in a small business?
Project Introduction: On hot days everybody loves lemonade, and it’s especially fun buying it from lemonade stands. A lemonade stand is more than summer fun. Opening a lemonade stand will teach you to be responsible for your own business and keep track of money.
We all know making money for yourself is really cool, but it's important that you know that giving back can be better than making money for ourselves and leaves us feeling really sweet. You will run your lemonade stand as a fundraiser. Choose a charity that you are interested in helping. You will be giving all of your profits to this organization.
- 2.NBT.B.5-7, 9
- 2.W.PDW.4, 5
Project 3: Buildings
Driving Question: What materials are used to build a house?
Project Introduction: A building is a structure that is made by putting pieces together. Buildings come in all shapes and sizes and are made from different materials. A building can be many things. For example, a building can be a house, a store or an office. In this task, you are an architect who is building a new house for a family. Before you start construction you will need to think carefully about what materials you will use.
- 2.MD.A.1, 3
- 2.RL.IKI.7, 9
- 2.W.PDW.4, 5
- MP.4, 5
Project 4: Creating a Garden
Driving Question: What is needed to make a garden grow?
Project Introduction: A local community center is looking for more ways to provide healthy foods to those in need. Fruits and vegetables can be grown in gardens both inside and outside. To grow and survive, the fruits and vegetables have a variety of needs that must be met. If you want to create a garden full of healthy vegetables, you will need to learn more about what plants need in order to survive and grow. If the garden can succeed, it will provide people with foods to help keep them healthy.
- 2.MD.A.1, 3
- MP.1, 4-6
Project 5: Smart Products, Smart Consumers
Driving Question: How do inventions make our lives easier?
Project Introduction: Your community is having an invention contest. The winner of this contest will be given a chance to have their inventions manufactured and sold in a local store. You will want to make sure that your invention will be unique and interesting so that people will want to buy it. You and your team have decided to study what products your local community may be interested in. Remember, new inventions and products can make our lives easier. Once you decide on what you will invent, you will need to create a model that you can enter into the contest for the judges to see.
- 2.NBT.B.5-7, 9
- SSP.2.04, 09
Project 6: Reptile Land Curator
Driving Question: What do reptiles need to survive?
Project Introduction: A curator at a zoo is responsible for managing a zoo’s animals. An animal curator oversees one specific group of animals in a zoo’s animal collection such as reptiles or mammals. In this task you will be a Curator at Reptile Land where you are responsible for taking care of the reptiles and amphibians.
- 2.NBT.A.4-7, 9
Project 7: Egyptian Museum
Driving Question: Why is the country of Egypt important?
Project Introduction: Your local library is an important place in your community. Many important events take place there throughout the year. This year, members of the community are turning the children's library into a mini-museum. Your team has been asked to create an exhibit about the country of Egypt and its many unique features.