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These materials will help students continue learning through school closures and other scheduling uncertainties related to coronavirus. Items will be delivered to the location chosen by the teacher.
STEAM Themed Read Aloud Books for Distance Learning
Help me give my students great STEAM themed books for distance learning read-alouds during video conferencing sessions.
The current situation in the world, and in education, is truly unprecedented. We could not have been well prepared for this state of being, and we certainly were not! Besides the feeling of abandonment of our classroom and all of the supplies therein, my scholars are now dealing with feelings of anxiety and melancholy as they miss the familiar routines of our classroom as well as their friends and teachers.
We call our class Team STEAM because we learn, as much as possible, through the venue of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics) related topics and experiences, which my scholars are dearly missing while they are learning from home.
I have provided suggested activities via the weekly learning menu and have posted videos of experiments and projects to inspire them, but not experiencing these activities together is just not the same!
Currently my scholars are learning at home via activities and assignments posted to Class Dojo, Google Classroom, and Class Link. However, all but one student has joined our weekly Zoom sessions where we enjoy visiting with one another and work on vocabulary games. I also do read-alouds of books during our video meetings.
As I teach my scholars from home we are enjoying read-alouds during video sessions; both conference video sessions and pre-recorded by me on Class Dojo. I have definitely stretched my skills and expanded them through both of these efforts!
I would love to add engaging read-alouds from STEAM themed books in order to provide inspiration for conversations about the incredible world of STEAM learning and especially to provide inspiration for scholars to take the initiative to experiment with their own projects while learning from home.
Children need to be engaged in storytelling in order to make connections to real life in a way that is accessible to their young interests.
For example, I would love to read aloud from How to Code a Rollercoaster and simultaneously post a project challenging scholars to build a paper rollercoaster from recycled materials that they already have at home. The conversations and collaboration within families could be dynamic, and the sharing during our class video conferences would be outstanding!
Another way in which this amazing library of STEAM themed books would benefit our class is by offering quality, long lasting classroom library selections to enjoy once we are finally back in our cozy, exciting classroom.
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