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STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom

Foreword by Cary Sneider



© 2016 | 160 pages | Corwin

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

 
Foreword by Cary Sneider
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
Explosion  
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  
Rubrics  
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  
Modeling  
Parent Involvement  
Goal Setting  
Sharing Resources and Providing Support  
Teaching Teams  
Teacher Trust and Autonomy  
Closing  
Discussion Starters  
Your Next Step  
 
Resources
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  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Reagan shows the importance of STEM-infused learning with much support. The importance and relevancy of the book is very clear. She adequately explained any desired target outcomes and gave steps to achieve them. Many good examples were included . . . An excellent choice to purchase for a school or team."

Marsha Basanda
Monarch Elementary, Simpsonville, SC

"This book does an excellent job of describing a STEM classroom and the basics for beginning to design your own curriculum . . . As a teacher who helped develop the STEM program in the elementary school where I teach, I could understand and relate to the issues and concepts presented in this book. STEM has become the curriculum of the future. This book will help educators not only understand what STEM is, but its importance and how to incorporate it in their classrooms."

Marti Hooten, Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher
Leaphart Elementary School (Leaphart Engineering Arts Program), Columbia, SC

“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

"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.  STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom is full of useful and fun information to guide teachers in this new, exciting area of education.  Watching the STEM classes in Miranda’s school, while working on their projects, is amazing.  The students work together well, discuss their ideas freely, and take pride in “improving” their projects!   Rigor, relevance, and creativity, ...what more can you ask for?  I cannot wait to use Miranda's book with my Science and Social Studies Methods Class as an inspiration for our preservice teachers!"

Dr. Jill C. Mertz, Adjunct Professor of Education
Maryville College, Maryville, TN

STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom blends interdisciplinary STEM lessons for K-5 grades with a guide that shows teachers how to understand basic STEM concepts and apply them across the curriculum. Case histories pair with sample lessons and templates to help teachers integrate these strategies into lesson plans in such a way that existing standards are infused with STEM concepts and results."

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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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 2


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