My students need STEM/STEAM reading materials such as the "STEM Kids" and "Maker Lab" project books to help us integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math into our English and Language Arts classroom.
In an effort to reach our students' needs for a 21st-century education that prepares them to be college and career ready, my school had the pleasure of becoming a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) Magnet school this year. This is a very exciting opportunity for my school, because it is a Title I school that has a very high population of economically disadvantaged students, minority students, and English language learners. We have 80% of our student population eligible for free lunches.
My goal is to help give these students, who live through many hardships, opportunities to succeed, and an environment that nurtures them not only educationally, but also meets their emotional and basic needs.
My classroom is an inclusion classroom. The composition of my room is very diverse. I am blessed to teach students with special needs, English language learners, gifted, and general education students with a wide range of skills and educational needs.
To help our students become as successful as possible, this year my elementary school became a STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) magnet school. Our goal is to provide more opportunities for our students in need by integrating the STEAM disciplines into our lessons by following the 4 C's and 5 E's of learning.
As an English & Language Arts classroom, the best way for us to integrate the STEAM disciplines is through books.
My goal is to provide my students with mentor texts and project books that encourage them to learn, explore, create, and aspire to become scientists, artists, engineers, technology professionals, or mathematicians.
These books, such as the STEM Kids project book, Makers Lab, and Lego Ideas books, will helps us to not only read about STEAM topics, but also allow us to pursue have a hands on, project based learning approach to expand our knowledge and understanding.
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