Unit Plan

Build Your Dream Science Lab

Curated and Reviewed by Lesson Planet

Would your ideal science lab be filled with bubbling beakers and zapping Tesla coils? Or would it contain state-of-the-art computer technology and data analysis? Dream big with an innovative lesson that connects math and language arts concepts to the design of a science lab. After viewing their school's existing lab in action, learners work together to design the perfect lab and write up a proposal that compiles the information they have gathered along the way.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Although the lesson is a fictional exercise, consider presenting their end project results to the administration or parent-teacher association to see if they can help fund a dream science lab for the school
  • Group students by their strengths (math, science, creativity, writing) to ensure heterogenous and mutually supportive groups of three or four
  • Tailor time frame and due dates to class needs
Classroom Considerations
  • Tablets, laptops, or computers are necessary for the assignments
  • Lesson prompts groups to observe a lab taking place; make arrangements with a science teacher to view the most representative lab session possible
  • Unit creates interdisciplinary connections between math and language arts in the 21st century classroom
  • Aligned to Common Core Standards as well as National Education Technology Standards
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