Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, 3-5: Using Children’s Books to Inspire STEM Learning (Book Sample)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 3–5 students engage in STEM activities while learning to read and reading to learn.

This volume of Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons for the upper-elementary grades uses a remarkable variety of books to teach STEM concepts and reading comprehension strategies. For example, you can pique students’ interest with The Inventor’s Secret; An Ambush of Tigers; and Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Trash. Then, through the accompanying lessons, you can teach ways to plan and carry out investigations; analyze and interpret data; and construct explanations and design solutions. Along the way, your students will invent toy cars, learn how scientists use technology to track individual animals within larger groups, figure out how to reduce plastic pollution, and tackle other real-world projects. Engaging fiction and nonfiction books plus 15 hands-on lessons add up to perfect ways to learn about the interdependence of the STEM areas.

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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  • on Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:47 PM

This book is filled with amazing STEM activities. It guides the user through each step of the Design Process and 5E lesson plan. It covers many standards including Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Language Arts. The lesson include a section called Background for the Teachers. The lesson opens with a fiction book the teacher reads to the students to hook them. The lesson also includes questions to ask along the way. At the end of the lesson is a sheet for students to take home with the web address to a video they can watch at home to continue their learning. I found this chapter that includes the STEM Project "The Inventor's Secret" very helpful. It's such a great resource that I have bought one to have in my teacher's toolkit. I can't wait to implement these lessons in my classroom.

Jennifer Winters
Jennifer Winters

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