STEM TLC Virtual Lesson Library...

science resources for at-home and in-school learning

The explorations are written using STEM TLC's PEP, or Phenomenon Exploration Protocol. PEPs are fomatted to be used during this time of virtual teaching and at home science learning, but also as a model of phenomenon-driven classroom instruction.

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Are deer and opossums friends?

life science, ecosystems, symbiosis, 3-5, 6-8

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Where does sand come from?

Earth science, earth materials, K-2

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Why do these stones stay up?

physical science, balance, engineering, K-2

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What makes a bridge strong?

physical science, force, engineering, K-2

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Tools for STEM Education

STEM education, K-2, 3-5, 6-8

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How does water behave in space?

physical science, surface tension, 3-5

Exploration

What makes a good scientist?

science, scientists, 3-5, 6-8

Resource

Want to talk to a scientist?

scientist, resource, K-2, 3-5, 6-8

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Can lightning strike twice?

life science, weather, systems, 3-5, 6-8

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Phenomena, resources, & assessments

resource, phenomena, standards, K-2, 3-5

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Does setting fire to trees help?

life science, ecosystems, 3-5, 6-8

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How does sound move?

physical science, sound, energy, K-2

Digital Text

A digital text all about bees

digital text, bees, pairs with Busy Bees PEP

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An online library of phenomena

resource, searchable, phenomena, K-2, 3-5, 6-8

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Why does the water change?

physical science, matter, 3-5

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What is going on with the crayons?

physical science, physical changes, K2

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Why do the cans move together?

physical science, balance, engineering, K-2

Resource

Freely available, high-quality, science instructional materials

resource, lessons, simulations, K-2, 3-5-6-8

Exploration

Why build a Bat Condo?

life science, ecosystems, pollination, 3-5

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Why do sunflowers follow the sun?

life science, plants, light, plant needs, K-2

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How can one tree be two trees?

life science, ecosystems, symbiosis, 3-5, 6-8

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Where does the rabbit go?

life science, decomposers, consumers, 3-5, 6-8

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How do the sun, moon, and stars move?

Earth science, stars, sun, movement, K-2

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What makes a leaf a leaf?

life science, plants, classification, K-2, 3-5

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Why is a dog's nose wet?

life science, animal adaptations, K-2, 3-5

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Why does the soda can jump?

physical science, lift, force, 3-5

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Why didn't the fries get moldy?

life science, human body, digestion, 3-5, 6-8

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How do fireflies synchronize?

life science, ecosystems, communication, 3-5

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How can a car melt?

physical science, heat transfer, radiation, 3-5

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Can we inflate a balloon without blowing in it?

physical science, matter, chemical reaction, 3-5

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Why does the wind change direction?

Earth science, weather convection, 3-5, 6-8

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What affects seed growth?

life science, plants, plant growth, 3-5, 6-8

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What's going on in the bag?

life science, transpiration, plants, 3-5, 6-8

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Do insects flip better than Simone Biles?

life science, adaptations, insects, 3-5, 6-8

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What affects evaporation?

Earth science, evaporation, water cycle, 6-8

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Why do airplanes leave lines in the sky?

physical science, atmosphere, matter, 3-5, 6-8

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A graphic novel about virus transmission

life science, virus, human body, 3-5, 6-8

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What is happening to the NC fish population?

life science, ecosystems, habitats, 3-5, 6-8

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Why do bridges freeze before roads? 

physical science, heat energy transfer, 3-5, 6-8

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How do currents impact weather?

earth science, weather, climate, 3-5

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What do clouds tell us about the weather?

Earth science, clouds, weather, climate, 3-5

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Why do we pass gas?

life science, human body, digestion, 3-5, 6-8

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Why is the grass wet when we wake up?

Earth science, condensation, water cycle, 3-5

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Why are bees always on flowers?

life science, ecosystems, interactions, K-2

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life science, ecosystems, engineering, K-2

What is this and how is it made?

Exploration

Are these the same animal?

life science, ecosystems, classification, K-2

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How can we see rainbows at night?

physical science, light, reflection, K-2

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How can people walk on water?

physical science, matter, K-2

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What are these birds doing?

life science, animals, behavior, K-2

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Why do we get goosebumps?

life science, human body, responses, 3-5

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Why do I see what I see?

life science, human body, responses, 6-8

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How can it be both rainy and sunny?

Earth science, weather, water cycle, 3-5

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Can we control out heart rate?

life science, human body, digestion, 3-5, 6-8

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Why does the penny move?

physical science, heat energy transfer, 3-5, 6-8

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Why can women do this and not men?

life science, center of gravity and mass, 3-5

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Why do these brothers look so different?

life science, heredity, genetics, 3-5, 6-8

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What affects bounce height?

physical science, inertia, energy, 6-8

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How do plants travel?

life science, plants, adaptations, 6-8

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