Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 5 Kit

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  • Grade: 5
  • Lexile: 720L-860L
  • Guided Reading Level: S-X
  • Interest Level: 4-7
  • ISBN: 9781493866304
  • Language: English
Description

Build students' literacy skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, and innovation! Created in partnership 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, 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 5 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.

Saving a Species 6-Pack

Saving a Species 6-Pack

Level: 5.5

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29029


Learn how Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is working hard to save animal species from extinction. This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Life in a Cube 6-Pack

Life in a Cube 6-Pack

Level: 5.1

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29030


Learn how studying life in one cubic foot can teach us about life on the entire planet! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Saving Migratory Birds 6-Pack

Saving Migratory Birds 6-Pack

Level: 5.6

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29031


Learn how ornithologists are using modern technology to help migratory birds. This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Digging Up Dinosaurs 6-Pack

Digging Up Dinosaurs 6-Pack

Level: 5.7

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29032


Learn how scientists and museum curators bring dinosaur fossils from the ground into museum exhibits for all to see! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Inka Terraces 6-Pack

Inka Terraces 6-Pack

Level: 5.7

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29033


Learn how engineers are turning to ancient Inka history for ideas on how to solve modern day problems! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Designing National Parks 6-Pack

Designing National Parks 6-Pack

Level: 5.3

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29034


Learn how the National Park Service (NPS) has been guiding and enhancing visitors' experiences for more than 100 years! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Saving a Species 6-Pack

Life in a Cube 6-Pack

Saving Migratory Birds 6-Pack

Digging Up Dinosaurs 6-Pack

Inka Terraces 6-Pack

Designing National Parks 6-Pack

Level: 5.5

$43.99

Level: 5.1

$43.99

Level: 5.6

$43.99

Level: 5.7

$43.99

Level: 5.7

$43.99

Level: 5.3

$43.99

Item Number: 29029

Item Number: 29030

Item Number: 29031

Item Number: 29032

Item Number: 29033

Item Number: 29034

Living and Working in Space 6-Pack

Living and Working in Space 6-Pack

Level: 5.4

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29035


Discover how astronauts function in a challenging environment that includes weightlessness, cramped quarters, and zero privacy. This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Making Music with Magnets 6-Pack

Making Music with Magnets 6-Pack

Level: 5.2

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29036


Magnets are the sparks that bring electric guitars to life! Follow the current to learn more about the world of making music with magnets! This 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Color-Changing Cephalopods 6-Pack

Color-Changing Cephalopods 6-Pack

Level: 5.1

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29037


Read about the scientists who are closely studying cephalopods to learn how to mimic their amazing "changeability." This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Thomas Edison: Lighting a Revolution 6-Pack

Thomas Edison: Lighting a Revolution 6-Pack

Level: 5.9

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29038


Learn about Thomas Edison's inspiring life with this high-interest Smithsonian STEAM reader that touches on all aspects of STEAM. This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

The Science of Glass 6-Pack

The Science of Glass 6-Pack

Level: 5.5

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29039


Learn how something as simple as glass has played a huge role in scientific exploration! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

The Art and Science of Skateboarding 6-Pack

The Art and Science of Skateboarding 6-Pack

Level: 5.4

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29040


Learn about the fascinating "science" behind skateboard tricks and the design of skateboards! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Living and Working in Space 6-Pack

Making Music with Magnets 6-Pack

Color-Changing Cephalopods 6-Pack

Thomas Edison: Lighting a Revolution 6-Pack

The Science of Glass 6-Pack

The Art and Science of Skateboarding 6-Pack

Level: 5.4

$43.99

Level: 5.2

$43.99

Level: 5.1

$43.99

Level: 5.9

$43.99

Level: 5.5

$43.99

Level: 5.4

$43.99

Item Number: 29035

Item Number: 29036

Item Number: 29037

Item Number: 29038

Item Number: 29039

Item Number: 29040

Guided by Stars 6-Pack

Guided by Stars 6-Pack

Level: 5.7

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29041


Learn how ancient Polynesians navigated the Pacific using only the stars, the sky, and the ocean as their guides! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Plant Invaders 6-Pack

Plant Invaders 6-Pack

Level: 5.0

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29042


Learn how people are working to stop the growth of invasive plant species and what you can do to help! This STEAM 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Making an Ocean Ecosystem 6-Pack

Making an Ocean Ecosystem 6-Pack

Level: 5.6

$43.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29043


Learn how they aquariums are created and how their tiniest members play big roles in these underwater worlds! This 6-Pack includes 6 copies of this title and a lesson plan that addresses literacy and engineering objectives.

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 5 Add-on Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 5 Add-on Pack

Level: 5.0-5.9

$137.99

Grade: 5

Item Number: 29139


This Add-on Pack includes one copy of each of the 15 titles in Smithsonian STEAM Readers Grade 5 Kit.

Guided by Stars 6-Pack

Plant Invaders 6-Pack

Making an Ocean Ecosystem 6-Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 5 Add-on Pack

Level: 5.7

$43.99

Level: 5.0

$43.99

Level: 5.6

$43.99

Level: 5.0-5.9

$137.99

Item Number: 29041

Item Number: 29042

Item Number: 29043

Item Number: 29139

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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