Instructional Units Integrating STEM and Literacy Across Disciplines
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.
Since 1983 the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have been recognizing excellent educators spanning all corners of the countryâfrom one-room schoolhouses in rural Montana to large school systems in the heart of New York City.
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