Oct 01, 2018 2018-10-01
The PictureSTEM Project offers three instructional units for K–2 classrooms that use an engineering challenge and picture books as supports for learning science, mathematics, engineering, computational thinking, and reading. These STEM units provide authentic, contextual activities that engage learners in specific content while integrating across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The units are “Designing Paper Baskets” (kindergarten), “Designing Hamster Habitats” (first grade), and “Designing Toy Box Organizers” (second grade). Each unit includes specific book titles and literacy strategies for each accompanying lesson, as well as science, mathematics, and computational thinking connections. The units are modular, offering teachers the option to implement different lessons during different parts of their school day. Integrating science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computational thinking (STEM+C) with reading provides children opportunities to see the connections between their school subjects, as well as how these content areas, used together, can solve problems in everyday life.