Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 2 Kit

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  • Grade: 2
  • Interest Level: 1-4
  • Item: 28842
  • ISBN: 9781493866274
  • Language: English
Description

Build students' literacy skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, and innovation! Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, this STEAM curriculum 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, second 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 2 Kit includes:

  • Nonfiction books - 15 titles, 6 copies each, 32 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.

Hatching a Chick 6-Pack

Hatching a Chick 6-Pack

Level:

$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28984


Spend a day in the life of a bird keeper and learn how they are hatching new plans to help endangered birds with this STEAM reader that features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

Bones on Display  6-Pack

Bones on Display 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28985


Take a virtual tour of the National Museum of Natural History with this high-interest STEAM reader! Learn about the challenges involved with designing fossil exhibits and how studying fossils helps scientists learn about prehistoric species.

Creating a Habitat 6-Pack

Creating a Habitat 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28986


Take a virtual tour of Smithsonian National Zoo's Small Mammal House with this high-interest STEAM reader! Along the way, learn about the factors that zookeepers must take into consideration when designing enclosures for zoo animals.

Piecing Art Together 6-Pack

Piecing Art Together 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28987


From dryer lint to plastic found in the ocean, learn how artists are using found objects to make beautiful art. This STEAM reader features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

Making Maps 6-Pack

Making Maps 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28988


Most people use maps every day. But imagine a time when a map of a place didn't exist. Navigate through history as you learn the art, science, history, and importance of making maps with this innovative STEAM reader for 2nd grade.

Living in Sunlight Extremes 6-Pack

Living in Sunlight Extremes 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28989


Learn how the sun never seems to rise or set in places such as Alaska, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and Canada with this STEAM reader that features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

Hatching a Chick 6-Pack

Bones on Display 6-Pack

Creating a Habitat 6-Pack

Piecing Art Together 6-Pack

Making Maps 6-Pack

Living in Sunlight Extremes 6-Pack

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$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

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$54.99

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$54.99

Item Number: 28984

Item Number: 28985

Item Number: 28986

Item Number: 28987

Item Number: 28988

Item Number: 28989

The Science of Gems 6-Pack

The Science of Gems 6-Pack

Level:

$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28990


Learn how minerals form in rocks and how minerals become gems with this informative STEAM reader that features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

Creative Machines 6-Pack

Creative Machines 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28991


Learn how Rube Goldberg machines take simple tasks and make them complex--and fun! This STEAM reader builds literacy skills and features a hands-on STEAM challenge that uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

Safe Cycling 6-Pack

Safe Cycling 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28992


Riding bikes can be a lot of fun, but it is even more fun when it is safe. Read about how people have made cycling safe with this STEAM reader that features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

Growing Plants in Space 6-Pack

Growing Plants in Space 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28993


What if people could grow plants in space? Would people be able to live on other planets? Scientists say yes! All plants need to grow is light, water, soil, air, and science. Learn about farming in outer space with this high-interest STEAM reader.

Cooking Innovations 6-Pack

Cooking Innovations 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28994


Learn about new innovations and technology behind great cooking with this informative 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.

Staying Dry  6-Pack

Staying Dry 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28995


Learn how scientists and engineers have studied plants and animals to come up with ideas on how to keep people dry in rainy weather. This STEAM reader features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

The Science of Gems 6-Pack

Creative Machines 6-Pack

Safe Cycling 6-Pack

Growing Plants in Space 6-Pack

Cooking Innovations 6-Pack

Staying Dry 6-Pack

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$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Item Number: 28990

Item Number: 28991

Item Number: 28992

Item Number: 28993

Item Number: 28994

Item Number: 28995

Dealing with Wildfires 6-Pack

Dealing with Wildfires 6-Pack

Level:

$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28996


This informative STEAM reader teaches students about the causes of wildfires, how firefighters put them out, how to prevent wildfires, and the aftereffects of wildfires on both people and the environment.

Protecting a Sinking City  6-Pack

Protecting a Sinking City 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28997


Learn how engineers are racing to save the city of Venice from sinking and flooding. This high-interest STEAM reader features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to teach problem solving.

Mimicking Nature 6-Pack

Mimicking Nature 6-Pack

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$54.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 28998


Have you ever wondered where inventors get some of their ideas? This answer may surprise you: sometimes the inspiration comes from plants! Learn how some tiny plants have made a huge difference in the world.

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 2 Add-on Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 2 Add-on Pack

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$129.99

Grade: 2

Item Number: 29136


This Add-on Pack includes one copy of each of the 15 titles in the Smithsonian STEAM Readers Grade 2 Kit.

Dealing with Wildfires 6-Pack

Protecting a Sinking City 6-Pack

Mimicking Nature 6-Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 2 Add-on Pack

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$54.99

Level:

$129.99

Item Number: 28996

Item Number: 28997

Item Number: 28998

Item Number: 29136

Lessons 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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