Here's proof that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) isn't just for the big kids!
This book's 10 chapters are a mini-course on blending authentic, phenomena-driven, integrated STEM teaching and learning into busy K-2 classrooms.
Based in both research and real-world experience, Integrating STEM Teaching and Learning Into the K-2 Classroom provides professional learning experiences that help you make connections between STEM topics and the everyday activities you're already doing with your students. The book answers the following questions:How is K-2 STEM education different from what you're already doing, and how can you do it without squeezing more into your already-full schedule?What are the key elements in an integrated STEM classroom, and how do they work together?How do you use STEM in concert with your core reading block?To show you how it all works in real life, the book provides descriptions of four completed projects from actual classrooms-projects with names like "Baby Bear's Chair" and "A Pond Habitat." An easy-to-follow template shows you the process for developing your own STEM experiences.
The final chapter describes how one district created a culture of STEM teaching and learning when education partners committed to working together toward a common goal. Researchers agree that STEM education is important in early childhood.
Integrating STEM Teaching and Learning gives you the background and strategies to engage your young students in STEM without overloading your day-or overwhelming yourself.