NSTA Engage: Spring21

May 12-8, 2021

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Using Picture Books to Make “Text to Investigation” Connections in Science

Tuesday, April 13 • 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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Literacy has used “text to” connections to help students make authentic connections. Integrating picture books helps expand text to investigation connections in the science classroom.

This session is targeted for novice/intermediate attendees.

Materials needed:

  • Children's book (related to science) of your choice
  • shallow plastic tub with water (similar to plastic shoeboxes)
  • variety of different objects that can be placed in water—some that sink and some that float
  • tin foil
  • common objects for weight to be used in tin foil boat such as pennies, marbles, similar sized legos, etc.

Participants will: 1. explore how to expand a common literacy strategy of “text to” connections when using picture books in the elementary science classroom; 2. engage in investigations that model the use of “text to” connections that help students connect their own authentic experiences and help students understand and make sense; and 3. consider criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomena, and how the selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

STEM and Bloom: Hybrid Explorations for Early Childhood

Tuesday, April 13 • 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

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NSTA STEM and Bloom.pptx.pdf
Gardening as engineering; early childhood approaches and ideas

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

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STEM in early childhood is challenging…and more so in a hybrid environment. Come play and explore a progressive series of STEM experiences.

To best enjoy this session, have the following items ready:

  • an eye dropper
  • water in two small cups
  • wax paper or sheet protector
  • some dark flower petals
  • a little vinegar and baking soda solution
  • a regular water bottle
  • a teaspoon of dirt

1. STEM habits of mind are the goal in early childhood; 2. A great STEM curriculum is progressive and fun; and 3. STEM experiences can be shared using hybrid technologies.

Juliana Texley (Lesley University: Cambridge, MA), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)

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