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Step Into STEAM, Grades K-5

Your Standards-Based Action Plan for Deepening Mathematics and Science Learning
First Edition
By: Sarah B. Bush, Kristin L. Cook

Foreword by Matt Larson

Build cohesive and sustainable STEAM infrastructures—grounded in grade-level standards and purposeful assessment—to deepen the mathematics and science learning of each and every student.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544337203
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Mathematics Series
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 232
  • Publication date: March 27, 2019

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How do you create an innovative and equitable classroom experience that prepares elementary students for jobs that don’t yet exist while placing a critical focus on mathematics and science content and practice standards—all while meeting the demands of high-stakes testing? The answer to this question is Step into STEAM, which provides a practical and accessible approach for educators to create meaningful and transformative learning experiences for each and every student.

This book guides and inspires K–5 educators through a seamless process of designing and implementing STEAM inquiries that align carefully to key mathematics and science content and practices. Taking an opposite approach to existing resources that provide collections of disjointed STEAM activities, this book empowers teachers and schools to build cohesive and sustainable STEAM infrastructures—grounded in grade-level standards and purposeful assessment—to deepen the mathematics and science learning of each and every student. STEAM instruction is for each and every student; STEAM instruction is about mathematics; and STEAM instruction can and should be implemented for student success and to engage students in making their community and our world a better place.

Loaded with resources to help K–5 teachers and instructional leaders develop, implement, and assess meaningful STEAM inquiries, this research-based book:

  • Provides practical, on-the-go resources to help busy teachers get started in creating purpose-driven STEAM instruction
  • Allows educators to interact deeply with the content and create equitable STEAM experiences that blend community and societal interests
  • Includes online companion printable resources to help educators jumpstart or deepen STEAM learning throughout a school or district, supporting STEAM professional development, professional learning communities, and book studies

Checklists, pictures, graphic organizers, reflection questions, “Try it Out!” sections, and example STEAM inquiries help teachers seamlessly connect multiple subject areas, create transformative learning experiences, engage elementary students in developing creativity and empathy, and enable students to solve meaningful and authentic problems for others—all to prepare students for their bright futures. Make the most of your limited instructional time and become part of the Step into STEAM movement!

“Through carefully crafted research-based frameworks; inspirational, authentic, and approachable practical strategies rooted in the reform efforts of student-centered STEAM learning; and opportunities for professional self-reflection, Step into STEAM rightfully re-elevates educators to their proper places as innovation experts and agents of change in their own classrooms, schools, districts, and communities. An inspirational step in a needed direction, this book from Drs. Bush and Cook is what educators have been craving: a guide to transforming ourselves, our learning spaces, and our profession.”
Richard Cox, Jr.
Expert STEAM Teacher
Instructional Coach
Bullitt County Public Schools

Step into STEAM offers a rare opportunity for anyone concerned with education to consider what learning would be like with equity, empathy, and experience. By providing examples from teachers who have dared to put children first, this book offers more than just new way to teach, it offers hope for youth today. By considering what youth will need to be successful in jobs that are not yet created, Cook and Bush provide a platform for educators to create authentic, real-world problem-solving in classrooms with attention on the often forgotten about component of STEAM—the M! As a proponent of STEAM education, my recommendation is to grab this book and watch your students love learning again!”
Cassie Quigley
Associate Professor of Science Education at University of Pittsburgh
Author of An Educator's Guide to STEAM: Engaging Students Using Real-World Problems

Key features


  • Core STEAM ideas, teaching takeaways, and classroom-tested examples
  • Pause and Reflect and Try It Out! sections
  • Companion website contains downloadable and editable checklists, tools, and a STEAM Inquiry Planning Guide


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Sarah B. Bush

Sarah B. Bush, a former middle school mathematics teacher, is a Professor of K-12 STEM Education and program coordinator of the Mathematics Education Ph.D. track at the University of Central Florida where she teaches primarily graduate courses in mathematics education. She is a prolific writer who has authored 12 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Bush recently completed a term (2019-2022) as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors. She served as lead writer and task force chair for Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations. Dr. Bush was the recipient of the 2021 School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics and 2018 recipient of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Early Career Award. Dr. Bush seamlessly integrates her practical experience as a middle school mathematics teacher in public schools with her innovative scholarship to serve as an instructional leader in the field of mathematics education and STE(A)M education.

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Kristin L. Cook

Kristin L. Cook, a former high school science teacher, is a Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at Bellarmine University. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Science Education and Environmental Sciences from Indiana University. Dr. Cook teaches courses in K-12 science methods and STEAM Education. In addition to teaching these initial certification and advanced graduate classes, Dr. Cook serves as a professional developer and consultant for K-12 STEAM focused school reform and project & problem-based learning development. Dr. Cook is actively involved in federal grants and research that focus on engaging students and teachers with the community of science through the exploration of socio-scientific inquiry and transdisciplinary STEAM instruction.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Part 1: The STEAM Landscape

Chapter 1: What is STEAM and Why does it Matter?

Chapter 2: How do I Prepare for STEAM?

Chapter 3: What Frameworks Can Guide How I Engage Students in STEAM?

Part 2: Stepping into STEAM

Chapter 4: How do I Design STEAM Inquiries?

Chapter 5: How do I Implement STEAM Inquiries?

Chapter 6: How do I Assess my Students’ Learning in STEAM?

Part 3: Putting it all Together in STEAM

Chapter 7: What are Some Examples of Successful STEAM Inquiries?

Chapter 8: How do I Tie It All Together to Create the STEAM Learning Experience?

Chapter 9: How do I Gather Resources for STEAM?

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