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STEM Lesson Essentials, Grades 3-8

Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Jo Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer, Cary Sneider
Foreword by Rodger W Bybee

ISBN 978-0-325-04358-6 / 0-325-04358-2 / 2013 / 192pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: 3rd - 8th
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"STEM Lesson Essentials moves beyond the rhetoric and provides knowledge, tools, models, and examples that make STEM a reality of teaching and learning in classrooms."
—Rodger Bybee, Executive Director (Retired), Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 

Want to know how to implement authentic STEM teaching and learning into your classroom? STEM Lesson Essentials provides all the tools and strategies you’ll need to design integrated, interdisciplinary STEM lessons and units that are relevant and exciting to your students.  With clear definitions of both STEM and STEM literacy, the authors argue that STEM in itself is not a curriculum, but rather a way of organizing and delivering instruction by weaving the four disciplines together in intentional ways.  Rather than adding two new subjects to the curriculum, the engineering and technology practices can instead be blended into existing math and science lessons in ways that engage students and help them master 21st century skills.

 STEM Lesson Essentials shows teachers how to begin the STEM integration journey with:

  • five guiding principles for effective STEM instruction
  • classroom examples of what these principles look like in action
  • sample activities that put all four STEM fields into practice
  • lesson planning templates for STEM units.

Explicit connections are made among the STEM practices, including the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Framework for K-12 Science Education, helping you easily recognize ways in which STEM lessons can engage students in multiple standards at the same time.

With ideas that are practical and achievable in any classroom, STEM Lesson Essentials will give you the confidence and knowledge to weave engineering and technology concepts into your math and science curriculum.  STEM teaching doesn’t have to be hard.  You just have to get started.  Try it out with STEM Lesson Essentials, and watch student understanding, achievement, and motivation soar.

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  • You May Already Be a STEM Teacher
  • STEM Literacy
  • Guiding Principles
  • An Approach That Came Naturally
  • What Are the STEM Practices
  • Gearing Up to Teach STEM Practices
  • Why Technology and Engineering?
  • Three Approaches to Integrated STEM
  • Cootie Bugs Unite Science and Mathematics
  • A Pig's Tale
  • Giants and Borrowers
  • Project-Based Learning
  • STEM Assessment
  • Getting Started on Your STEM Teaching
  • Implementing STEM in a Middle School
  • From Ripple to River:  A Large Urban School District's Journey Moving STEM into the Main STREAMS
  • Resources for Creating STEM Curricula

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This is the one book which will change the way you think about implementing STEM into 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.  Each chapter begins with a problem and ends with a solution. This is not only a how–to guide to STEM implementation, it is also an instructional guide to best practices.  The book clarifies what the science, math, engineering and technology parts of the whole STEM classroom look like, and provides many examples of how to shift the paradigm just slightly so that you can incorporate STEM into your classroom. There are lessons on project–based learning, assessment, STEM in middle school, and developing a lesson plan for implementation, one STEM area at a time. So ask yourself the tough questions, think about instruction as an interdisciplinary approach, take one small step, and use this book as the structure to hang your not so new, but changed STEM lesson on.
—NSTA Recommends

STEM Lesson Essentials is an indispensable resource highlighting the compelling goals of STEM education: making STEM an engaging, relevant, and exciting experience for all students.  This book provides all educational practitioners—from district level administration to the classroom teacher—with not only a clear understanding of STEM as an integrative discipline, but also as a valuable digest of proven practices.  Truly a must-read for anyone who wishes to be on the leading edge of the STEM wave.
— Larry R. Plank, Director of K-12 STEM Education, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida

With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards and the urgent need for STEM education, this book is a must-have resource for curriculum developers, instructional coaches, teachers, and others educators committed to preparing students for the 21st century. From helping define STEM and its guiding principles, to sharing best practices and implementation using authentic examples, STEM Lesson Essentials is the perfect “handbook” to immerse schools and students in an integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
—Jennifer Gutierrez, Science Specialist, Chandler Unified School District, Chandler, Arizona

STEM Lesson Essentials will change your ideas about STEM education in the classroom. This book makes clear to teachers how we can all become STEM educators, and why it should be important for us to do so.  It is an excellent resource for understanding STEM instruction and integrating it into the classroom, providing teachers with the resources for STEM instruction as well as a clear understanding of the field itself.
—Elizabeth Allen, Associate Profession of Science Education, University of Central Oklahoma

STEM in a nutshell! From a research-based dissection of the STEM acronym to a practical template for planning effective STEM lessons, this book provides a thought-provoking overview for anyone interested in helping students make connections between the STEM subjects...and beyond.

—Kate Boehm Jerome, NSTA/CBC award-winning author and Science Program Developer

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