Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, First Grade, Expanded Edition: Using Children’s Books for Three-Dimensional Learning

by: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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There’s a lot to love about this newly expanded book in the Picture-Perfect Science series: You can combine STEM and reading through lively lessons that are just right for your first-grade students. Also, reading-comprehension strategies are embedded in all 11 of the ready-to-teach lessons, six of which are updated and five that are brand new. The goal is to help your young scientists learn to read and read to learn while engaging in activities that blend science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Your students will love Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, Grade 1, Expanded Edition because of the captivating fiction and nonfiction books at the core of the lessons. Your first graders can learn about natural phenomena by playing a find-the-penguin game based on the book Animal Teachers. They can explore ways to design solutions to problems after reading Clothing Inspired by Nature. And inspired by Next Time You See the Moon, they can create a tool to predict the next phases on a lunar calendar.

You’ll also love it because the veteran teachers who wrote this book understand that you need an approach that’s easy to use and makes the most of class time. Picture Perfect STEM Lessons, Grade 1, Expanded Edition brings you

• Engaging content and helpful teacher supports that cover phenomena students find interesting and relevant, more questioning strategies to drive student sensemaking, three-dimensional prompts and activities, and updated reading strategies.

• Ready-to-use lessons containing engagement activities, hands-on explorations, student pages, and opportunities for STEM education outside of school.

• Assessments, including ideas for poster sessions, writing assignments, design challenges, and presentations.

• Standards-based objectives aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

More teacher-tested lessons. More standards-based content. And a kid-magnet formula that will get your students more engrossed in STEM while they improve their reading skills. What’s not to love?

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Type NSTA Press BookPub Date June 14, 2022ISBN 978-1-68140-8-484Stock # PB458X1

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