Edstar Analytics provides project-based lessons that we have created and field tested. We have two STEM kits that teach and reinforce essential concepts in mathematics, in contexts that are fun and provide information in ways that are new to students. Each kit contains resources and lessons for projects that can be used in after-school programs, or elective courses at school. The lessons are aligned to Common Core Math strands from grades K-8.
We provide links to high quality resources for extending the concepts taught in the STEM kits, and an online forum for teachers to collaborate and share ideas.
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EDSTAR Analytics, Inc. has created Toolkits of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and literacy-rich, task curriculum kits for out-of-school-time staff. We also have toolkits of Research-based Family Involvement plans for elementary and middle school. Descriptions follow.
To support classroom management, all curriculum kits include warm-up activities to use as students enter. These are tailored to support lessons in each kit.
STEM Rich Tasks
This activity is designed to teach mathematical concepts and vocabulary in a context that relates to art and science. Elementary and middle school students from grades 1 and up will be able to do this activity. Extension activities are included for individual students who need more support, or who need more enriched challenging lessons.
The activity teaches planning, vocabulary, and following directions.
Math Concepts Covered from Common Core:
- Reason about attributes of, and compose and decompose geometric shapes;
- Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles;
- Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties;
- Compose and decompose plane or solid figures (e.g., put two triangles together to make a quadrilateral) and build understanding of part-whole relationships as well as the properties of the original and composite shapes. As they combine shapes, they recognize them from different perspectives and orientations, describe their geometric attributes, and determine how they are alike and different, to develop the background for measurement and for initial understandings of properties such as congruence and symmetry.
- Generate and analyze patterns.
This rich task has activities that can be used over a 9-week period. After completing these activities, students will have basic knowledge to be able to enjoy other high quality free lessons that are available on the internet. We identify these for you.
This activity is designed to teach mathematical concepts and vocabulary in a context that explains how computers talk to the keyboard, and the keyboard talks to the screen. Place value is used to explain how the computer parts talk to each other. Elementary and middle school students from grades 3 and up will be able to do this activity. Extension activities are included for individual students who need more support, or who need more enriched, challenging lessons.
The activity teaches place value, numbers in other bases, conversion, and how computers work.
Math Concepts Covered from Common Core:
- Foundations of place value;
- Understanding place value;
- Using place value to understand properties of operations;
- Generalizing place value understanding and understanding the place value system
After students complete these activities, they will have the foundational skills to do other enrichment activities that teachers can find for free on the internet. We will provide suggestions for them.
The Family Involvement Toolkit contains resources for Professional Development to help staff understand the Plan, research that supports the activities, and how success will be documented and measured. The toolkit contains resources to provide to parents as you implement the plan.See Edstar STEM Kits
Cost of each kit is $500 unlimited use for all staff in one program at one site. The kits include electronic versions of handouts and documents.
Cost of each kit is $500 unlimited use for all staff in one program at one site. The online resources include electronic versions of handouts and documents. The kits include a Scope and Sequence outline, power points, and resources for the activities.