This unit should be implemented to supplement student learning on the concepts of inherited traits and variation.
STEM Labs can be adapted in various ways to fit into any classroom or learning environment. Each STEM Lab includes the following 3 sections: Engage, Play, and Share (optional).
Each STEM Lab in this unit can be completed in as little as 40 minutes
The Engage and Play sections, which contain the primary learning activities, can be completed within 40 minutes. The Share section, which enables students to express their learning is optional, but estimated at around 3-5 minutes per group.
Click on the tabs below to view descriptions of the Engage, Play and Share sections of the STEM Lab.
The Pacing Guide
The pacing guide for each Lab provides step-by-step instructions on What, How, and When to teach. The STEM Lab Pacing Guide previews the concepts that are taught in each section (Engage, Play, and Share (optional)), explains how the section is delivered, and identifies all the materials that are needed.
Making This Unit Fit Your Unique Classroom Needs
Not every classroom is the same, and teachers face a variety of implementation challenges throughout the year. While each VEX GO STEM Lab follows a predictable format, there are things that you can do in this Unit to help make it easier to meet those challenges when they arise.
- Implementing in less time:
- This Unit can be completed in less time by combining Engage and Play Part 1 and conducting these as a whole-class demonstration where the class identifies parent traits and records them in the Data Collection Sheet together. Then, have students build the baby as written in Play Part 2.
- Reteaching Strategies:
- For additional support to illustrate how the traits of the parents are inherited in different variations, have students compare and contrast the traits as shown in slide 4 of the Image Slideshow (Google / .pptx / .pdf) before building the baby bunny in Play Part 2.
- If students need additional support identifying how the VEX GO pieces represent the various traits of the bunnies, provide them with the Trait variation Chart on slide 7 of the Image Slideshow (Google / .pptx / .pdf). This image can be printed and accessible to students throughout the Lab as well.
- Extending this Unit:
- You can extend this Unit with the Creature Creation Activity (Google / .docx / .pdf) to have students reimagine a favorite animal or insect using VEX GO pieces, build it, and create build instructions.
- Have students complete the Animal Habitat (Google / .docx / .pdf) or the Food Chain (Google / .docx / .pdf) Activities to explore animal needs and how they interact with their habitats.
- Use the Choice Board activities to extend the Unit, while allowing students to express their voice and choice in what activities they want to complete.
- If students get done building at different times, there are a number of meaningful learning activities early finishers can participate in as the rest of the group finishes building. View this article for several suggestions about how to plan for engaging students who finish building earlier than others. From establishing classroom helper routines to completing short activities, there are many ways to keep all students engaged throughout class building time.