In an effort to provide samples to teachers on how to create and develop learning pathways and/or integrated units, our science consultants have teamed up and collaborated with consultants in ELA, math and social studies and created a variety of resources that will be found below. These resources are freely available and we hope that they will serve as a model for integrating standards from a variety of content areas as well as from the Universal Constructs and Social Emotional Learning competencies.

Lessons and Units

Grade Level Link to Lesson/Unit Materials Description
K Supplemental lesson to accompany Mystery Science “Weather Watching” unit What materials would we want to use to build the perfect playground so it is not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter?
K Unit Materials google folder How does a Dog Park Change a Community?

In this unit, students are tasked by “the mayor” to help plan and design a dog park that is safe for humans and dogs. This is a full 4-5 week unit that incorporates standards from science, social studies, math, and ELA in addition to SEL competencies, universal constructs, and 21st Century skills

1st grade Learning Pathway How do plants and animals meet their needs to survive?
3rd grade Unit materials google folder Survival, Trade, and Migration – 8 week unit with 3 learning cycles

Survival: What would you need to survive?
Trade: What can I trade to get what I need to survive?
Migration: How does migrating help people and animals survive?

5th grade Learning pathway What is causing gravesite markers and structures to deteriorate over time, in Iowa?
5th grade In development – Anticipated pilot August 2023 This will be a fully developed 6-8 week unit that integrates standards from science, math, social studies and ELA in addition to SEL competencies and universal constructs
Secondary Lesson flowchart How does thermal energy transfer when combining varying temperatures of mediums?
High School (life science) Learning Pathway What impacts populations of animals in the natural ecosystems?


Resources Utilized in Development

Content standards by grade level (math, ELA, science, SEL, Universal constructs) K-6

ELA Standards (explicit/integrated)

Universal Constructs

SEL Competencies