Put the "M" in STEM Lesson Plan Competition
Deadline: On or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, April 30, 2018
Teachers often leave the "M" out of STEM. ORISE’s April lesson plan competition aims to address this issue and support teachers! Teachers are invited to submit an elementary or middle school STEM lesson plan that specifically addresses mathematics standards. By entering, you have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 grant for classroom supplies as well as an iPad and manipulatives for your classroom!
Elementary School Prizes:
- First Place: iPad + set of math manipulative blocks and books + $1,000 grant for supplies
- Second Place: Set of math manipulative blocks with books + $500 grant for supplies
- Third Place: Set of math manipulative blocks with books + $250 grant for supplies
Middle School Prizes:
- First Place: iPad + math manipulative kit + $1,000 grant
- Second Place: Math manipulative kit + $500 grant
- Third Place: Math manipulative kit + $250 grant
- Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan to by 8 p.m. EST on Monday, April 30, 2018.
- To avoid plagiarism, please a submit lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
- Lesson plan may focus on any standards-based math topic.
- Lesson plans should include the following:
- lesson title
- teacher name and school
- target grade level
- time required for lesson
- materials required
- instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
- assessment strategies
- differentiation strategies
- Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and the top three winners from each grade band will be announced mid-May!
Note: Lesson plans submitted for the competition may be shared with other educators via the ORISE website. Plans are subject to revision and edits by ORISE staff before they are shared.
To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit the Curriculum for the Classroom page.
Previous K-12 STEM Lesson Plan Competitions
January 2018: The Gold Goes: The Math and Science of the 2018 Winter Olympics
In January, we asked teachers how they are planning to integrate Olympic-themed math or science lessons into their classrooms.
Congratulations to our latest winners!
- Gold Winner: Beth Adler, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Lesson Plan: Should the Olympics be Divided into Men’s and Women’s Games? (Biology)
- Silver Winner: Lisa Hill, Grainger County High School, Rutledge, Tenn.
Lesson Plan: Winter Paralympics (Physical Science)
- Bronze Winner: Kimberly Brasel, Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Oliver Springs, Tenn.
Lesson Plan: Bobsledding into the Olympic Games (5th Grade Science)
- Gold Winner: Sarah Hampton, Sullins Academy, Bristol, Va.
Lesson Plan: What Factors Correlate to Olympic Success? (Algebra)
October 2017: Extreme Weather
In October, our extreme weather lesson plan competition asked educators to tell ORISE how they are integrating current extreme weather events into classroom lessons.
Congratulations to our grade-band winners!
Amy Kennedy, third grade, Glenwood Elementary School
View lesson plan: Saving Our Community from Rising Water
Donna Widner, seventh grade, Oliver Springs Middle School
View lesson plan: Weather Alert! Did We Do That?
Christi Ridley, environmental science/biology, Seymour High School
View lesson plan: Extreme Weather: Hurricanes
Summer 2017: STEM Lesson Plan Competition
Our very first lesson plan competition asked educators to submit an original STEM lesson covering a topic of their choice. These lesson plans can be found on the Curriculum for the Classroom page.
Congratulations to our winners!
- First Place: Is Oobleck a solid or a liquid? by Renee Kohagen, first grade, Berean Christian School
- Second Place: Just Breathe: An Introduction to Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration by Donna Widner, seventh grade, Oliver Springs Middle School
- Third Place: Catapulting into Denmark by Kimberly Brasel, fifth grade, Dyllis Springs Elementary School