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Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, K–2: Using Children’s Books to Inspire STEM Learning

by: Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry

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"Teachers in our district have been fans of Picture-Perfect Science for years, and it’s made a huge impact on how they fit science into their school day. We are so excited to do more of the same with these Picture-Perfect STEM books!"
—Chris Gibler, elementary instructional coach, Blue Springs School District in Missouri

"This lively mix of picture books and engaging, standards-based STEM content will be a powerful tool to inspire STEM learning."
—Andrea Beaty, author of Ada Twist, Scientist; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Iggy Peck, Architect
  For teachers eager to integrate STEM into their school day, Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons is an exciting development. This book’s 15 kid-friendly lessons convey how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics intersect in the real world. They embed reading-comprehension strategies that integrate the STEM subjects and English language arts through high-quality picture books. You’ll help your K–2 students engage in STEM activities while learning to read and reading to learn.

Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, K–2 draws on diverse and attention-grabbing books such as The Handiest Things in the World, The Day the Crayons Came Home, and I Wanna Iguana. The lessons will lead your students to ask questions and define problems; obtain, evaluate, and communicate information; and engage in argument from evidence. Along the way, students invent a handy backpack, design their own process for recycling crayons, and build a model habitat for an imaginary pet. Through these lessons and activities, all young students, including reluctant scientists and struggling readers, will quickly find themselves absorbed in STEM-related discovery.

Along with these new lessons come the easy-to-use features that have made Picture-Perfect a bestselling series for more than a dozen years:
. - Fiction and nonfiction book pairs
. - Background reading, materials lists, student pages, and assessments for each lesson
. - Connections to science standards and the Common Core State Standards for both English language arts and mathematics.

Picture-Perfect STEM is a powerful tool for guiding instruction. You’ll love how effective this book is, and your students will love learning about STEM.

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Assessment Biology CCC1: Patterns CCC2: Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation CCC3: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity CCC4: Systems and System Models CCC5: Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation CCC6: Structure and Function Chemistry Curriculum Earth & Space Science Earth in the solar system Earth processes Earth system structure Earth's water Ecosystems Energy Environmental Science ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution ETS2.A: Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology ETS2.B: Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Natural World Forces and motion Informal Education Inquiry Instructional Materials Interdisciplinary Kindergarten Lesson Plans Life Science Literacy LS1.A: Structure and Function LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms Physical Science Physics Postsecondary Preservice Science Education Properties of materials PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter PS1.B: Chemical Reactions PS2.A: Forces and Motion PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer PS4.A: Wave Properties PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation Science process skills SEP1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems SEP2: Developing and Using Models SEP3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations SEP4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data SEP5: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions SEP7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence SEP8: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information States of matter STEM Structure of matter Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies


Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 4/3/2017Pages 345ISBN 978-1-68140-328-1Stock # PB422X1

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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