Making Curriculum Pop

Another great resource collection from the New York Times Learning Network

September 8, 2010, 11:45 AM

Back to School: New York Times Resources for STEM

Lesson Plans

New lessons will start appearing next week – science and health every Wednesday, mathematics and numeracy occasionally on Mondays, andtechnology sprinkled throughout the week. In the meantime, you might browse our archives in those subjects or use one of our lesson plans from last year, perhaps pairing it with a more recent Times article. Examples:

If you’re planning ahead, see our often-updated Teaching Topics collection on frequently taught curricular skills and topics, such as these:

Other related resources include our collection of useful science and health infographics and our set of white board-friendly activity sheets, including ourlaboratory experiment guide sheet and science, health and technology bingo game.

Short Activities

Try these for “bell ringers,” substitute-teacher plans, extra-credit tasks or activities your students could do on their own:

Curricular Content

The New York Times can be an excellent source of information, including reports on studies and discoveries, to complement curriculum. Science, health, math and technology teachers might do the following:

  • Introduce Times articles to juxtapose or update content in textbooks.
  • Provide reading material to satisfy the common core standards for literacy in science and technical subjects.
  • Create writing and discussion prompts and starting points for lab experiments.
  • Provide models for scientific and technical writing aimed at a lay audience.

Below are starting places on for science, health, math and technology:

How do you use The New York Times in your science, health, math and technology courses? Share ideas in the comment box below or submit them to Great Ideas From Our Readers.

Explore the entire resource collection here.

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Here's another interesting article in the Times about STEM "STEM has little to do with Flowers"

Nice add on Ihor - thanks!

Thanks, Ryan. Sorry I have been a no show. I'm starting to gear up for CLIME's "big Show" highlighting Math 2.0 next April at the NCTM conference, so I'll be more active here and other places like NCTM Online's Ning site.




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