S: Physical and Social SCIENCES T: Incorporation of TECHNOLOGY E: Principles of ENGINEERING and Design A: English Language ARTS M: Application of MATHEMATICS
Weebuiltdis City Planning
Co-teaching between content area teachers is an integral aspect of our trans-disciplinary STEAM model. The STEAM schedule is constructed to allow for lessons to be simultaneous taught by two (or more) teachers on a daily basis in blocks ranging from 30 to 120 minutes.
Example of Co-Taught Lesson: City Planning
Using a combination of our co-teaching schedules, the social studies, math and writing teachers are able to do an activity that has students plan, build and promote a scale model of a city that is prepared to adapt to the needs of its citizens.
In this learning experience, the social studies teacher helps the students with studying issues related to urbanization, geography and civics. The math teacher guides students in applying proportions and ratios to assist with the building of scale models. The writing teacher leads students in the development of a persuasive writing piece that promotes their city.
Following the engineering design brief format, students address the problem of poorly designed cities throughout American history, struggling to adapt to the changing needs of its citizens. Students participate in virtual city planning and building. They take on roles of city planning teams to research and provide solutions to problems created by urbanization. Finally designing and producing city council approved elements that create an urban environment.
As an evaluative piece, student structures, made from recycled materials, are tested against building codes for strength, safety, access and aesthetics. Only the structures passing codes are able to be put toward the final city product and displayed as the model city.