STEMifying Storybooks

Report
STEMifying
Storybooks
Integrating content
through literature
STEM: A Review
• The State of Maryland’s Definition:
• STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that
integrates the content and skills of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics. STEM Standards of Practice
guide STEM instruction by defining the combination of
behaviors, integrated with STEM content, which is expected of
a proficient STEM student. These behaviors include
engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and
investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare
students for post-secondary study and the 21st century
workforce.
STEM: A Review
•The STEM Standards of Practice:
• Learn and Apply Rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics Content
• Integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Content
• Interpret and Communicate STEM Information
• Engage in Inquiry
• Engage in Logical Reasoning
• Collaborate as a STEM Team
• Apply Technology Appropriately
STEM: A Review
•The STEM Standards of Practice are NOT
objectives, and should be used as guidelines
when planning/assessing a STEM unit.
•The content is WHAT you teach, and STEM is
HOW you teach it.
•Transdisciplinary instruction integrates
concepts from different content areas to
answer a question or solve a real-world
problem.
STEM in Your Classroom
1. Start with the content (math, science, social studies,
reading, etc.)
2. Consider the components necessary for your students
to understand the topic or concept.
3. Use other content areas and activities that can be
naturally integrated into that topic.
4. Take a broad view of the integrated contents/activities
and come up with a real-world problem to solve or an
overarching question for the students to answer.
Starting with
Literature
Early STEM Literacy
• Educational psychology researchers developed an
approach for teaching science in elementary school by
integrating science with language and literacy skills.
• Reading is the centerpiece of intellectual development
in all disciplines.
• It is absolutely necessary to integrate reading and
language arts with the increased involvement of
students in the STEM fields.
American Society of Engineering Education 2012
STEMifying a Storybook
Science:
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Skills and processes • Structures
Earth/Space
• Engineering Design
Environmental
Process (EDP)
Life
Physics
Environmental
BOOK
Math:
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Engineering:
Processes
Number
Algebra
Geometry
Measurement
Statistics
Probability
Develop an overarching question or real
world problem the students can work
together to solve.
Fine Arts:
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Dance
Music
Theater
Visual Arts
English/Language Arts:
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Reading Processes
Informational
Literary
Writing
Language
Listening
Speaking
Social Studies:
• Skills and Processes
• Political Science
• Peoples of the
Nation/World
• Geography
• Economics
• History
When the Leaf
Blew In
Written by: Steve Metzger
STEMified by:
Diana Churchman, Chipman Elementary
Cristin Eurice-George, Willards Elementary
Susan Jones, Fruitland Primary
Nicole Williams, Westside Primary
STEMifying a Storybook
Science:
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Engineering:
Seasons
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Animals:
• wild vs. domestic
• Pets vs. farm animals
Leaf sorting and observing
Leaf seasonal cycle
gravity
English/Language Arts:
Create a leaf catcher to stop •
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the leaves from falling
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Cause and Effect
Writing
Communicating
Sequencing
When the Leaf Blew In:
Design a farm that would stop the problem of the leaves
interfering with the animals
Math:
Fine Arts:
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Counting
Graphing
Perimeter
Measurement (smallest to
largest)
More/less/equal
Composing/decomposing
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Social Studies:
Song
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Act it out
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Draw/paint favorite
animal
Leaves to create animals
Diorama
Leaf rubbings
Map skills
Farming as part of
the economy
Your Turn
•In your groups, choose a storybook you would
like to STEMify.
•Use either one of the templates provided to
quickly list some ideas in each of the content
areas which tie into your story.
•Come up with an overarching question or realword problem which the characters or
students may encounter.
Discussion
•What was the easiest part of this process?
•What was the most difficult part of this
process?
•How do students benefit from this
approach?
•Can all books be STEMified?
•What questions, comments, or concerns
do you have with a STEMifying approach?

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