Academic journal article Science and Children

STEM Lesson Essentials

Academic journal article Science and Children

STEM Lesson Essentials

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By Jo Anne Vasquez, Cary Sneider, and Michael Comer. 192 pp. $21. 2013. Heinemann. ISBN 978032504358. (Grades 3-8)

This is the one book that will change the way you think about implementing STEM into your classroom. It takes a logical, one-step-at-a-time approach instead of "throwing the baby out with the bathwater." It allows the teacher of grades 3 through 8 to see what a STEM classroom looks like through powerful examples, but does not preach. Instead, this collection of "letters" becomes the framework for STEM instruction, and much more importantly, how you feel about exploring STEM instruction in your classroom.

I found the book to be full of ideas, good examples, and just a fun book to read. It is one of the few instructional books that I could not put down. It lends itself perfectly to group discussion, a professional development workshop, or just a friendly conversation about STEM in the classroom. It equally divided STEM ideas between a self-contained classroom and a middle school disciplinary one. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a thought-provoking direction, asking the reader to make a list, answer a question, or reflect upon a statement. In and of itself, these questions are things that teachers should be asking themselves all the time. …

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