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How and Why Did We Get Here?

An At-Home STEM Lesson Plan Crafted by BGCHarlem STEM Specialist Chaelee Dalton


Happy STEM Monday! This week, we are building on our lesson last week learning about flags to think about places, connection, and community to consider how and why both animals and people move around.

What motivates large groups of people and animals to move to certain places? We will learn about animals and humans’ ability to adapt via movement, and play a game to demonstrate how animals adapt!

If your child cannot read, read the text aloud to them. Ask them the questions and have them respond and/ or solve on a separate sheet of paper.

If your child can read, simply give them the second page of this handout and have them read the text aloud or in their head. Materials: Paper, pen or pencil, a computer or device with Wi-Fi access

Harlem youth can attend STEM Monday's classes live on Zoom on Monday's at noon through August 14, 2020. Parents, sign up your student(s) for Virtual Summer Programming at

To learn more about our Virtual Summer Programming, click here.


How and Why Did We Get Here?

We’re going to start by watching this video about animals and their migration and their meanings.

After you watch the video, think about and write on a separate piece of paper:

  • What are some reasons groups of animals move or migrate?

  • What is the difference between movement and migration?

  • Why might groups of people migrate temporarily or permanently? Can you think of any examples of people migrating?


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