Smithsonian Science Education Center

STCMS™ Lesson Samples

STCMS™ Earth's Dynamic Systems Unit Sampler

STCMS™ Sampler: Earth’s Dynamic Systems

From the all-new STC Middle School, the Earth’s Dynamic Systems unit sampler highlights three lessons that build understanding of how dynamic systems change Earth’s surface. These lessons focus on analyzing and interpreting geological events, particularly volcanoes; the relationship between volcanic activity and earthquakes; and developing preparedness plans for geodynamic events.
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STCMS™ Structure and Function Unit Sampler

STCMS™ Sampler: Structure and Function

From the all-new STC Middle School, the Structure and Function unit sampler highlights three lessons that build understanding about cells. Students explore cell specialization and functions, the role that cells play in the development and survival of an organism, and unique structures that allow animals to better survive in their environment.
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STCMS™ Matter and Its Interactions Unit Sampler

STCMS™ Sampler: Matter and Its Interactions

From the all-new STC Middle School, the Matter and Its Interactions unit sampler highlights three lessons that build understanding of volume, mass, and density of liquids and solids. Students apply this information to design a solution to the challenge of recreating a density bottle with mystery liquids.
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