Stories & STEAM is a combination of a book discussion followed by a STEAM challenge. This Stories & STEAM is inspired by Mo Willems' book collection, Elephant & Piggie's "I Will Take a Nap". This STEAM activity contains an engineering challenge centered around the key problem the character encounters in the story. We perfectly paired an engineering with this book! Students will build a bed for Gerald to take a nap in. We included an extra challenge and figurine as well, build a bed for Piggie too!
Why you will love using a Stories & STEAM lesson with students:
✨STEAM education is a fantastic and fun way to target critical thinking skills with students as they solve challenging, real world problems!
✨Students build grit as they learn skills to embrace failure in a safe environment! Mistakes just become a prototype and the growth mindset naturally grows in students.
✨All lessons integrate the 4Cs (critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration) of 21st century learning skills in an authentic, natural way.
Why your students will love doing a Stories & STEAM lesson:
✨Students get to create and love the creative freedom STEAM offers!
✨Students get an opportunity to be hands-on with their learning and try new ideas.
✨Students discover more than 1 way to solve a problem!
✨Students naturally persevere and build confidence after each challenge!
Stories & STEAM Reading Experience:
✨Stories & STEAM projects enhance the reading experience by bringing the story to life!
✨Our Stories & STEAM lessons take a problem the characters from the book experienced and try to find a solution. Each lesson begins with a discussion about the story followed by a story themed STEAM project.
✨Stories & STEAM helps student reading comprehension by having students reimagine or experience the story.
✨The lessons are comprehensive and easy to follow! Both students and teachers can easily follow the flow of the lessons and be successful.
This bundle includes the following:
✅Classroom Google Slides: A great visual representation which guides teacher instruction through the lesson and STEAM journal. Google slides are to guide both teacher instruction and student learning. Slides can be edited or added if changes are minor to meet your material or time constraints needs.
✅Student Activity STEAM Journal: STEAM Journals guide students through the STEAM design process and the inquiry-based steps to complete the project. All student documentation is contained to one packet and packets come with both blank and filled in versions. During the lesson, you can decide how much students document and complete the packet. Also, fill in your own materials if necessary in each journal.
✅Book Discussions within the STEAM Journal: STEAM Journals guide students through a book discussion. Our product comes with discussion questions and a blank sheet to include your own! Get students inspired about reading by pairing it with a STEAM challenge!
✅Research Sheet: Simple but well thought out research sheets to help guide students’ thinking through the STEAM challenge. Our research sheets are designed for students to think critically about the designs of structures to help start the design process but not enough research for the students to duplicate the structural design! We leave plenty of room for students to think critically and still be creative in the design process.
✅Material Sheet: The material sheet is a simple overview of materials, material amounts, tips & tricks, and supplemental materials to use if needing a substitution. The material sheet is designed to guide teachers in ordering an appropriate amount of materials needed to complete the STEAM project.
✅Character Figurines: The included figurines assist in the criteria for success, the design process, and constraints of the STEAM project. Students get an opportunity to add a little creativity to a key aspect of their design.
✅Read First Document: This document is important to view! Our Read First document will describe each item in the folder, how to use, and about copyrighted materials. We have also included videos explaining the process our lessons follow to better help you feel comfortable teaching the lesson.
✅Tips & Tricks for Students and Teachers: The Tips & Tricks page will describe information to guide students during the process, guide educators in the process, and examples of final builds to use as a guide for educators.
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❤️Check out our Creating STEAMers product to display the STEAM process!
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Book discussion questions are inspired by Notice & Note authors Beers & Probst. The questions follow the Big Three Questions: What's in the book, your head, and your heart from the Disruptive Thinking book.
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