Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 1 Kit

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  • Grade: 1
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Item: 28841
  • ISBN: 9781493866267
  • Language: English
Description

Build students' literacy skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, and innovation! Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, this kit uses real-world examples to give students insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems. The books feature dynamic images and text features that enhance the reading experience and build visual literacy and include STEAM career advice from Smithsonian employees working in STEAM fields.

Featuring high-interest topics based on Smithsonian content, each book includes a hands-on STEAM challenge that guides students through every step of the engineering design process and content that highlights every aspect of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. By becoming STEAM proficient, first grade students are prepared to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for modern-day problems. This kit supports social and emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom and aligns to state and national college and career readiness standards including NGSS.

Smithsonian STEAM Readers Grade 1 Kit includes:

  • Nonfiction books - 15 titles, 6 copies each, 24 pages per book
  • Standards-based reading, writing, and STEAM lessons
  • Full-color Management Guide with balanced assessments
  • Interactiv-eBooks
  • Professional audio recordings of books
  • Reproducible student activity sheets

Components

Series highlights include:

  • Nonfiction books - 15 titles, 6 copies each, 32 pages per book in print and digital formats
  • Full-color Management Guide features lesson plan components, balanced assessments, differentiation strategies, and standards correlations
  • Research- and standards-based reading, writing, and STEAM lesson plans
  • Culminating activity that challenges students to identify a problem and apply what they've learned about the engineering design process to find solutions
  • Interactiv-eBooks to engage students, build 21st century skills, and extend the reading experience with digital writing and comprehension activities
  • Professional audio recordings of books to improve fluency and support English language learners
  • Reproducible student activity sheets

Books - 6 copies each of 15 titles

Each leveled reader features a high-interest topic based on Smithsonian content. The dynamic images and text features enhance the reading experience and build visual literacy. Each book includes a hands-on STEAM challenge that guides students through every stage of the engineering design process. The real-world examples give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems. The books offer career advice from Smithsonian employees working in STEAM fields and highlight every aspect of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

Helping Injured Animals 6-Pack

Helping Injured Animals 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28969


Learn how prosthetic devices and 3D printing have helped injured dogs, cats, elephants, and dolphins! This STEAM 6-Pack builds literacy and critical thinking skills through real-world examples and features a hands-on lab activity.

Helping Animals Learn 6-Pack

Helping Animals Learn 6-Pack

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$48.99

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Item Number: 28970


Zookeepers have developed innovative ways to help animals learn and grow. Learn how zookeepers keep animals healthy and happy with this 6-Pack that uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Raising Silkworms 6-Pack

Raising Silkworms 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28971


Learn how silk is harvested from silkworm cocoons with this 6-Pack that features a hands-on STEAM challenge. Students will gain insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems through real-world examples.

Making Music 6-Pack

Making Music 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28972


Learn how musical instruments work with this STEAM 6-Pack that builds literacy and critical thinking skills through real-world examples and features a hands-on lab activity.

Cooling Off 6-Pack

Cooling Off 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28973


On a hot day, what can people do to cool off? Learn about the many ways there are to keep cool. This STEAM 6-Pack builds literacy and critical thinking skills through real-world examples and features a hands-on lab activity.

Staying Warm 6-Pack

Staying Warm 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28974


Learn about the many ways humans can get warm when they are too cold. This 6-Pack features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Helping Injured Animals 6-Pack

Helping Animals Learn 6-Pack

Raising Silkworms 6-Pack

Making Music 6-Pack

Cooling Off 6-Pack

Staying Warm 6-Pack

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The Art of Shadow Puppets 6-Pack

The Art of Shadow Puppets 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28975


Learn the history of shadow puppets and the technology behind them with this STEAM 6-Pack that features a STEAM challenge. Students will gain insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems through real-world examples.

Building Sandcastles 6-Pack

Building Sandcastles 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28976


Finesse your sandcastle-building skills with this fun title that examines the properties of sand and factors that influence sandcastle construction such as moisture and sunlight. This STEAM 6-Pack for 1st grade features a hands-on STEAM challenge.

Being Like Butterflies 6-Pack

Being Like Butterflies 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28977


Learn about technologies that humans have developed by studying butterflies! This 6-Pack features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Building Lighthouses 6-Pack

Building Lighthouses 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28978


Learn how technology has improved lighthouses over time with this 6-Pack that features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Making Water Safe 6-Pack

Making Water Safe 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28979


Everyone needs clean water, but not everyone has access to it. Learn how people are working to solve the clean water problem with this 6-Pack that uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Solving Problems at the Zoo 6-Pack

Solving Problems at the Zoo 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28980


Learn how zookeepers at the National Zoo keep the animals healthy and happy. This 6-Pack features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

The Art of Shadow Puppets 6-Pack

Building Sandcastles 6-Pack

Being Like Butterflies 6-Pack

Building Lighthouses 6-Pack

Making Water Safe 6-Pack

Solving Problems at the Zoo 6-Pack

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$48.99

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Item Number: 28978

Item Number: 28979

Item Number: 28980

Powered by the Sun 6-Pack

Powered by the Sun 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28981


Learn how scientists channel energy from the sun to power awesome innovations! This 6-Pack features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Studying Snowflakes 6-Pack

Studying Snowflakes 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28982


Snowflakes are one of nature's most fascinating wonders. Learn how snowflakes form with this fun STEAM 6-Pack that builds literacy skills and features a hands-on STEAM challenge.

Seeing More Stars 6-Pack

Seeing More Stars 6-Pack

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$48.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 28983


Learn how light pollution prevents us from seeing the stars and causes other problems as well. This 6-Pack features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 1 Add-on Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 1 Add-on Pack

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$109.99

Grade: 1

Item Number: 29135


This Add-on Pack includes one copy of each of the 15 titles in the Smithsonian STEAM Readers Grade 1 Kit.

Powered by the Sun 6-Pack

Studying Snowflakes 6-Pack

Seeing More Stars 6-Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 1 Add-on Pack

Level:

$48.99

Level:

$48.99

Level:

$48.99

Level:

$109.99

Item Number: 28981

Item Number: 28982

Item Number: 28983

Item Number: 29135

Lesson Plans

Strengthen content-area literacy skills with research- and standards-based reading, writing, and STEAM lessons for every title. The STEAM challenge is included on the back of each lesson. Lessons include:

  • Learning objectives
  • Lesson timeline
  • Materials list
  • Introductory activity
  • Before-, during-, and after-reading activities
  • Friendly Feedback question stems
  • Reflection questions and activity
  • Engineering design process checklist
  • Teamwork rubric

Management Guide

Integrate STEAM education into literacy instruction with support from the full-color Management Guide.

  • STEAM Education and the Makers Movement highlights the engineering design process and connections to the 5E Model and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Balanced assessment opportunities that require students to demonstrate analytical thinking, comprehend informational texts, and write evidence-based responses
  • Friendly Feedback Mini Lesson introduces students to effective, constructive feedback to set the stage for a more productive classroom dialogue and supports social and emotional learning (SEL)
  • Differentiation strategies and English language learner support
  • Standards correlations to College and Career Readiness (CCR), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), McREL Compendium, TESOL, WIDA, and ISTE
  • Tips for incorporating technology
  • Pacing and instruction setting options

Culminating Activities

The culminating activity challenges students to identify a problem and apply what they've learned to solve a real-world problem. Each hands-on, minds-on STEAM challenge guides students through every stage of the engineering design process: researching the issue, brainstorming ideas, designing and testing a solution, evaluating the results, improving the process, and sharing the outcomes.

Digital Resources

Help teachers weave technology into their literacy instruction with a variety of digital resources.

  • Interactiv-eBooks to engage students, extend the reading experience, and build 21st century skills
  • Professional audio recordings of the books to model fluency and support English language learners
  • Reproducible student activity sheets to support hands-on learning

Correlations to National, State, and Province Standards


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