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Essential Questions & Enduring Understandings

*These resources are primarily for Grades 6-12. If you are looking for Elementary resources, they are on the Elementary page. 

  • How can I use STEAM-H to positively impact and advocate for my community?

  • Why is my relationship with Nature important for my identity and community?

  • What scientific discoveries and technologies provide us the foundation of how living things and nonliving things function to create a natural balance in the world we live and interact?

  • How do communities on various levels work to create balance?

  • How might an imbalance in one community impact other communities?

  • What roles and responsibilities do have as participating members within our communities?

  • How does the past inform us today to prepare us for the future?

  • How will climate change affect sacred sites, species and traditional practices?

  • How are tribal community’s understanding about nature and climate different than western scientific approaches?  

  • What unique features allow us to live on earth?

  • How does the relationship between humans and the earth impact the quality of our life and those in the future?

  • The Aboriginal concept of respect for the environment has a specific importance and meaning.

  • Traditional Aboriginal cultures used natural resources for transportation, shelter, and food gathering.

  • Traditional Aboriginal activities and lifestyles changed with the seasons.

  • How are  humans shaped by  Earth’s systems, and how do humans in turn shape Earth?

  • What is the relationship between the micro and the macro?

  • How do small, individual changes in organisms result in life as we know it on Earth?

  • How are observed properties and unseen molecular world related?

  • How does an understanding of the molecular world help us responsibly manage our resources?

  • How does scientific practices help us understand our world?

  • How do we use science to improve the lives of future generations?

  • How do we determine what is true?

Example School UbDs
Yearlong, Unit, and Lesson Plans

Tylar Rodriguez (HS/MS Indigenous Science), NACA, shares his story and how he learns about his students and integrates their knowledge, perspectives, and passions into the classroom.

Books, Websites, and Other Resources
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