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STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom

By: Miranda Talley Reagan

Foreword by Cary Sneider

This engaging, teacher-friendly guide helps you confidently develop standards-aligned STEM projects in all content areas in your K-5 classroom! Includes vignettes, lesson templates, and more.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483392363
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: February 24, 2016

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Make learning relevant with STEM essential questions

Planning interdisciplinary STEM lessons that meet K-5 grade level expectations can be a challenge. How do you fit it all in? In this engaging, well-organized guide, STEM instructional trailblazer Miranda Reagan provides a teacher-friendly, research-based guide to quickly and confidently infuse STEM concepts across content areas. Real-world vignettes, sample lessons and templates, discussion questions, and immediately applicable action steps help you seamlessly promote college and career ready skills.

This inspiring guide helps teachers use STEM-infused interdisciplinary instruction to:

  • Deepen all content areas, including English/ Language Arts
  • Promote the 4Cs: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Require students to take risks to solve problems
  • Differentiate instruction and scaffold support
  • Expand students’ specific measurable capabilities
  • Incorporate design skills into the curricula

Save valuable time and confidently develop standards-aligned STEM projects across all content areas with this breakthrough guide!

“Spirited Teachers Eliciting Memories. Miranda's book is an inspiration for the elementary teacher who wants to begin using STEM in the classroom.” She has answered all of the "but what ifs" and the "I'm not sures” and given teachers the answers to the "hows and whys" it will work.”
Dr. Jill C. Mertz, Adjunct Professor of Education at Maryville College, Maryville, TN

“After reading this book, infusing STEM into your elementary classroom will be as easy as 1,2,3…A, B, C!”
Susan Schipper, Elementary Teacher, Charles Street School, Palmyra, NJ

Key features

  • Classroom vignettes highlighting STEM successes from real classrooms
  • Sample lessons in each chapter, accompanied by matching lesson plans in the Resources section to explain the lessons described in the chapters in more detail
  • Lesson plan templates for teachers to use in planning their own STEM-infused lessons
  • Additional STEM challenge ideas to get teachers brainstorming on their own STEM-infusion ideas (found in Resources section)
  • Glossary
  • Discussion starters
  • Your Next Step – Challenges to encourage teachers to move forward in your STEM-infusion journey after each chapter


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Miranda Talley Reagan

Miranda Talley Reagan began her career as a fourth grade teacher with an appreciation for hands-on learning and helping students make connections across content areas. When her school system began a K-12 STEM initiative, she was hired to develop and implement an elementary STEM curriculum for a K-3 STEM lab. During her two years in the STEM lab, Miranda logged her elementary STEM lab experiences on a blog on her school website which has become a popular resource for elementary STEM teachers nationwide and even internationally.

After the success of the STEM lab, Miranda accepted a year-long position as Instructional Coach for STEM and Technology Integration. During this time, she led an initiative in her own school while also working with other schools interested in STEM integration.

Miranda has now transitioned back into a third grade classroom in order to practice STEM-infusion full time. She continues to be a teacher leader within her school as well as providing professional development for other districts.

Miranda has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Learning, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cary Sneider



About the Author

Chapter 1. STEM-Infusing All Content Areas

A Way of Teaching

Misconceptions About STEM-Infusion

Said No One Ever

Spiraling Down

A Breath of Fresh Air

Model Not Subject

Working Smarter

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 2. Why STEM in Elementary?

Then and Now

21st Century Readiness

Motivating Change

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 3. Rigor Meets Relevance


Emotional Relevance

Making It Matter

The Relevance Trap

The Role of Technology

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 4. The Cross-Cutting Concepts Approach to STEM-Infusion

The Pattern Revelation

Cross-Cutting Concepts

Creating STEM-Infused Lesson Plans With Cross-Cutting Concepts

Concerns About Rearranging Standards

When to Use This Approach

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 5. The Standards Alignment Approach to STEM-Infusion

Operation Top Secret Message

Starting With the Standards

Connecting the Unconnected

When to Use This Approach

Brainstorming Project Ideas

Let the Creativity Begin

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 6. The Thematic Approach to STEM-Infusion

Play Ball

The Thematic Approach

Not Your Mama’s Thematic Teaching

When to Use This Approach

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 7. Assessing STEM

The Testing Mess

My Mistake

Assessing STEM


Student Goal Setting

Student Journaling

Improvement Logs

Teacher Clipboard

Assessing Social Emotional Learning

Standardize Testing and STEM

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 8. The Benefits of the STEM Mindset: Risk Taking and Resilience

Locked Out

A Mindset Shift

Growth Versus Fixed Mindsets

Growing From STEM

Student Empowerment

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 9. Student Collaboration

Lego Trench

Foundation of Communication

Richness of the Interaction

Discussion Starters

Your Next Step

Chapter 10. Leadership for Change

A Really Hard Night

Progress as an Expectation


Parent Involvement

Goal Setting

Sharing Resources and Providing Support

Teaching Teams

Teacher Trust and Autonomy


Discussion Starters

Your Next Step


Resource A. Pipeline Lesson Plan

Resource B. Volcano Lesson Plan

Resource C. Candy Cane Lesson Plan

Resource D. Germs Lesson Plan

Resource E. Top Secret Message Lesson Plan

Resource F. Baseball Lesson Plan

Resource G. Moon Rover Lesson Plan

Resource H. Improvement Log

Resource I. Storm Shelter Lesson Plan

Resource J. Lego Lesson Plan

Resource K. Tennis Shoe Lesson Plan

Resource L. Helmet Lesson Plan

Resource M. Blank Lesson Plan Template 1

Resource N. Blank Lesson Plan Template 2

Resource O. Additional STEM-Infused Activity Ideas






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