Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 3 Kit

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  • Grade: 3
  • Interest Level: 2-5
  • Item: 28843
  • ISBN: 9781493866281
  • 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 math. By becoming STEAM proficient, 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 3 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

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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.

Raising Clouded Leopards 6-Pack

Raising Clouded Leopards 6-Pack

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 28999


Discover why clouded leopards are so special, and why they need our help! 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.

Amphibian Rescue 6-Pack

Amphibian Rescue 6-Pack

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29000


Find out why frogs are so amazing, and why they need our help to survive! 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.

Restoring Muddy Creek 6-Pack

Restoring Muddy Creek 6-Pack

Level: 3.8

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29001


Muddy Creek in Maryland is being damaged by erosion. Learn about the efforts to restore it! 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.

Making a Mummy 6-Pack

Making a Mummy 6-Pack

Level: 3.3

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29002


Created in collaboration with Smithsonian, learn about the science behind mummification! 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.

Navigating at Sea 6-Pack

Navigating at Sea 6-Pack

Level: 3.5

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29003


Learn how modern technology allows navigation to be more precise than ever. This Smithsonian STEAM 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.

Saving Culture from Disaster 6-Pack

Saving Culture from Disaster 6-Pack

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29004


Learn the methods that conservators use to save cultural artifacts threatened by natural disasters. With a hands-on STEAM challenge, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to show how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems.

Raising Clouded Leopards 6-Pack

Amphibian Rescue 6-Pack

Restoring Muddy Creek 6-Pack

Making a Mummy 6-Pack

Navigating at Sea 6-Pack

Saving Culture from Disaster 6-Pack

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Level: 3.8

$54.99

Level: 3.3

$54.99

Level: 3.5

$54.99

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Item Number: 28999

Item Number: 29000

Item Number: 29001

Item Number: 29002

Item Number: 29003

Item Number: 29004

Underwater Training 6-Pack

Underwater Training 6-Pack

Level: 3.3

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29005


Learn how astronauts, doctors, and athletes use swimming pools for aquatic therapy and training! This 6-Pack features a hands-on STEAM challenge and uses real-world examples to show how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Botanical Illustration 6-Pack

Botanical Illustration 6-Pack

Level: 3.7

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29006


Learn how the detailed drawings of botanical illustrators help science--and scientists! This 6-Pack uses real-world examples to give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve problems and includes a hands-on STEAM challenge.

The Wright Brothers 6-Pack

The Wright Brothers 6-Pack

Level: 3.2

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29007


Learn about the challenges the Wright Brothers overcame to become the "forefathers of flight." 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.

Taking Photos from Space 6-Pack

Taking Photos from Space 6-Pack

Level: 3.7

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29008


Learn how Landsat satellites use heat to take images, and how they help to save the planet! 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 People See 6-Pack

Helping People See 6-Pack

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29009


Learn about the enlightening world of optics, where light bends to help us see the sights! 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.

From Grass to Bridge 6-Pack

From Grass to Bridge 6-Pack

Level: 3.8

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29010


The Inka Empire's grass suspension bridges were engineering marvels. Learn about the engineering behind them with this 6-Pack that features a hands-on STEAM challenge and details how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems.

Underwater Training 6-Pack

Botanical Illustration 6-Pack

The Wright Brothers 6-Pack

Taking Photos from Space 6-Pack

Helping People See 6-Pack

From Grass to Bridge 6-Pack

Level: 3.3

$54.99

Level: 3.7

$54.99

Level: 3.2

$54.99

Level: 3.7

$54.99

Level: 3.4

$54.99

Level: 3.8

$54.99

Item Number: 29005

Item Number: 29006

Item Number: 29007

Item Number: 29008

Item Number: 29009

Item Number: 29010

Predicting Earthquakes 6-Pack

Predicting Earthquakes 6-Pack

Level: 3.9

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29011


Learn about seismology and the men and women who study earthquakes! This high-interest 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.

Mapping the Milky Way 6-Pack

Mapping the Milky Way 6-Pack

Level: 3.9

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29012


Learn about our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the methods that scientists use to study it. 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.

Blue Crab Comeback 6-Pack

Blue Crab Comeback 6-Pack

Level: 3.8

$54.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29013


Learn about the scientists and watermen who are working together to save the fishing industry. 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 3 Add-on Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 3 Add-on Pack

Level:

$129.99

Grade: 3

Item Number: 29137


This Add-on Pack includes one copy of each of the 15 titles in the Smithsonian STEAM Readers Grade 3 Kit.

Predicting Earthquakes 6-Pack

Mapping the Milky Way 6-Pack

Blue Crab Comeback 6-Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 3 Add-on Pack

Level: 3.9

$54.99

Level: 3.9

$54.99

Level: 3.8

$54.99

Level:

$129.99

Item Number: 29011

Item Number: 29012

Item Number: 29013

Item Number: 29137

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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