Bee Sustainable

Subject: Science
Grade Level: 5
Standards: MA STE & ELA (Common Core)

By Ladda Kosaketh

The students are a group of Environmental Biologists that keep honey bees. They notice that their honey bee colonies are dying and disappearing. Through research, they discover that a nearby local community garden is using chemical pesticides on their plants. Their honey bees visit this garden to feed on plant nectar and make honey. Because they know honey bees are a keystone species they must convince the garden managers to switch to a method of keeping pests away that does not harm the honey bees.

In their meeting with the garden managers, they will need to present a model of an ecosystem to show what roles the honey bees play and how the ecosystem will be affected if the honey bees all die from their use of the chemical pesticides.

STE, Math & ELA Standards 

5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among producers, consumers, decomposers, and the air, water, and soil in the environment to (a) show that plants produce sugars and plant materials, (b) show that animals can eat plants and/or other animals for food, and (c) show that some organisms, including fungi and bacteria, break down dead organisms and recycle some materials back to the air and soil.

ART 5-6.V.Cr.02. Organize and plan an idea using a variety of self selected strategies (e.g. sketches, prototypes, rough drafts)

ELA Grade 5 SL.5.4. Report on a topic, text, procedure, or solution to a mathematical problem, or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace and use appropriate vocabulary

STE Practice: Developing and using models


Subject: Science, Math
Grade Level: 3
Standards:  MA STE, Math & ELA (Common Core)

By Sara Donovan

Canton Outventures is a new outdoor adventure company that is moving to the Blue Hills in Canton.  They want to provide various outdoor activities throughout the year, but they need to know the type of weather to expect each season.

Each group is being hired as consultants to :

  • Predict Canton’s weather (temperature, precipitation) during one season.   
  • Show weather data in a scaled bar graph
  • Create a plan to bring people to the top of Blue Hill in each season
  • Provide Canton OutVentures with the information they need to provide fun, smart, evidence-based decisions for the company and for Canton residents.

STE, Math & ELA Standards 

3-ESS2-1. Use graphs and tables of local weather data to describe and predict typical weather during a particular season in an area.

3.3-5-ETS1-1 – Define a simple design problem that reflects a need or a want.  Include criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost that a potential solution must meet.

3.MD.B 3  Represent and interpret data

Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs.

Grade 3 Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas 

  1. Report on a topic, text, or solution to a mathematical problem, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace and using appropriate vocabulary. 

Science Practice:  Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Math Practice:  Model with Mathematics