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Use these STEM lesson plans to help integrate virtual reality (VR) into your curriculum! You’ll find Google Expeditions lessons, as well as lessons featuring Wild Immersion videos available only with your Lenovo VR Classroom.

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Astronomy

Google Expeditions GRAVITY & THE SOLAR SYSTEM

KEY QUESTIONS

What is gravity?

How does gravity hold the solar system, galaxy, and universe together?

KEY STANDARDS

NGSS MS-ESS1-1 Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system

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Geology

Google Expeditions EARTH’S HIDDEN HISTORY

KEY QUESTIONS

How far back can we trace the history of Earth?

Are there reliable ways to estimate the age of geological formations on Earth?

What were conditions like in Earth’s past and how do we know?

KEY STANDARDS

NGSS MS-ESS1-4 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic timescale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billionyear-old history

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Ecology

Google Expeditions EXOTIC ECOSYSTEMS

KEY QUESTIONS

What is an ecosystem?

What are producers, consumers, and decomposers?

What are the biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem?

KEY STANDARDS

NGSS MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and the flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem

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Volcanology

Google Expeditions VOLCANOES

KEY QUESTIONS

What happens when a volcano erupts?

Are all volcanoes shaped like upside-down cones?

How have eruptions changed the surface of Earth?

KEY STANDARDS

NGSS MS-ESS1-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales

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Biology

Wild Immersion video. Available only with Lenovo VR Classroom. INCREDIBLE ADAPTATIONS

KEY QUESTIONS

What are adaptations?

How and why do they occur?

KEY STANDARDS

NGSS-MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms

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Physics

Google Expeditions ENERGY

KEY QUESTIONS

What is energy and where does it come from?

How do people use energy to perform work?

What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources?

KEY STANDARDS

MS-PS3-3 Energy: Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

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Climatology

Wild Immersion video. Available only with Lenovo VR Classroom. OCEANS AND CLIMATE

KEY QUESTIONS

What is the difference between weather and climate?

What is ocean circulation and how does it affect climate?

KEY STANDARDS

MS-ESS2-6 Earth’s Systems: Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.

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Biology

Wild Immersion video. Available only with Lenovo VR Classroom. EXPLORE THE RAINFOREST

KEY QUESTIONS

What are the characteristics of a rainforest?

What factors affect the biodiversity of a rainforest?

Why are rainforests important to the rest of the planet?

KEY STANDARDS

MS-LS2-1 1-6 Ecosystems Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

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Geology

Google Expeditions MOVING PLATES

KEY QUESTIONS

What is plate tectonics?

What is the evidence of continental drift?

What do Earth’s physical features and fossil records reveal about how the planet’s surface was formed over the course of 4.5 billion years?

KEY STANDARDS

MS-ESS2-3 Earth’s Systems: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.

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Biology

Wild Immersion video. Available only with Lenovo VR Classroom. SPECIES AT RISK

KEY QUESTIONS

What is an endangered species?

What are people doing today to learn about and monitor endangered animals?

What kind of solutions can be used to minimize human impact on animals and the environment?

KEY STANDARDS

MS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

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Images: Wild Immersion excerpts taken from Wild Immersion films, available with Lenovo VR Classroom. Photos: fabio lamanna/iStock (Solar System); jose1983/iStock (Hidden History); Tammy616/iStock (Ecosystems); SMJoness/iStock (Volcanoes); XtockImages/iStock (Energy); Alex Potemkin/iStock (Moving Plates).

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