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STEL Core Standard 3: Integration of Knowledge, Technologies, and Practices – Virginia R. Jones, DTE
Message from the Elementary STEM Council President:
STEL Standards and Integrating into the Elementary STEM Community – Thomas Roberts
Books to Briefs:
Ready for the Road – Erin Hinchey
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Medical and Health Services Manager – Virginia R. Jones, Ph.D., DTE
Books to Briefs
Ready for the Road
Quintero, I. (2019).
My papi has a motorcycle.
Koklia. 40 pages.
Book image courtesy of Amazon.com:
Grade Level: Grade 2
A girl named Daisy Ramona takes a ride around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle. On this ride, she reflects on her ever-changing community and the people she has grown to love.
After reading the book with the class, the teacher can discuss the pros of riding around one’s neighborhood as well as the safety procedures used while riding a motorcycle/bike. In a small group, the students will design and construct devices that can protect the head while riding a bike or motorcycle. Students will be able to receive feedback from peers, test their devices, and evaluate their results.
One main goal of this lesson is having students explore the engineering design process as well as how they can use it to design and construct a safety device. Students will also build on their skills for researching and team collaboration.
student learning objectives
Students will be able to:
Common Core State Standards (CCSSI, 2021):
English Language Arts:
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013):
Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy (ITEEA, 2020):
In the book, My Papi has a Motorcycle, you saw Daisy and her father using a helmet while riding the motorcycle. It is important that your riding gear is durable and comfortable. Wearing protective gear like a helmet while riding a bike is a practice that will protect the body from injuries in the event of an accident.
Design, construct, and test a device that can be used to protect the head while riding something like a bike or skateboard.
Criteria and constraints:
The device must:
Design Brief and Design Packet: www.iteea.org/ESJMarch21HincheyBrief.aspx
Read aloud at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhvoafPW0Fw
Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). (2021). Common core state standards. www.corestandards.org/
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). (2020). Standards for technological and engineering literacy: The role of technology and engineering in STEM education. Reston, VA: Author. www.iteea.org/stel.aspx
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Lead States. (2013). Next generation science standards: For states, by states. The National Academies Press.
Quintero, I. (2019). My papi has a motorcycle. Koklia. ISBN-13L 978-0525553410.
Erin Hinchey is an undergraduate senior at Millersville University. She is a candidate to become a certified PreK-4 teacher in Pennsylvania with an endorsement in Integrative STEM Education. Erin has been working with children ages 5-12 for three years. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
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