Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Kindergarten Kit

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  • Grade: K
  • Interest Level: PK-2
  • Item: 28840
  • ISBN: 9781493866250
  • 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.

Each book includes a hands-on STEAM challenge that guides students through every step of the engineering design process. By becoming STEAM proficient, kindergarten students are able to use higher-order thinking skills to answer complex questions, investigate 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 Kindergarten Kit includes:

  • Nonfiction books -15 titles, 6 copies each, 20 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.

A Den for Bei Bei 6-Pack

A Den for Bei Bei 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28954


Bei Bei is a giant panda who lives at the National Zoo. What things are needed in his enclosure to keep him healthy and happy? Introduce kindergarten students to STEAM concepts through real-world examples and a STEAM activity.

Learning about Sharks 6-Pack

Learning about Sharks 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28955


Learn about sharks and how scientists study them! Created in collaboration with Smithsonian, this STEAM 6-Pack introduces kindergarten students to STEAM concepts through real-world examples and a hands-on STEAM activity.

Building a Beaver Lodge 6-Pack

Building a Beaver Lodge 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28956


Learn about the many steps that are involved with building a beaver lodge with this fun STEAM 6-Pack. Introduce kindergarten students to STEAM concepts through real-world examples and a hands-on STEAM activity.

Taking Food To Go 6-Pack

Taking Food To Go 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28957


Getting food to go is easy and convenient. But it's not always good for the planet. Introduce kindergarten students to the importance of recycling through real-world examples and a hands-on STEAM activity.

Lighting the Night 6-Pack

Lighting the Night 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28958


Learn about types of lighting from the past and present and introduce kindergarten students to STEAM topics with this STEAM 6-Pack. This title features a simple STEAM activity that takes students through the steps of the engineering design process.

Staying Afloat 6-Pack

Staying Afloat 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28959


Introduce kindergarten students to the concept of buoyancy and STEAM topics through real-world examples. This STEAM 6-Pack features a simple, hands-on STEAM activity that takes students through the steps of the engineering design process.

A Den for Bei Bei 6-Pack

Learning about Sharks 6-Pack

Building a Beaver Lodge 6-Pack

Taking Food To Go 6-Pack

Lighting the Night 6-Pack

Staying Afloat 6-Pack

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$43.99

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$43.99

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$43.99

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$43.99

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$43.99

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$43.99

Item Number: 28954

Item Number: 28955

Item Number: 28956

Item Number: 28957

Item Number: 28958

Item Number: 28959

Making Crayons 6-Pack

Making Crayons 6-Pack

Level:

$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28960


Learn how crayons are made and introduce kindergarten students to STEAM topics with this fun STEAM 6-Pack. This title features a simple, hands-on STEAM activity that takes students through the steps of the engineering design process.

What Toys Can Do 6-Pack

What Toys Can Do 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28961


Toys are designed to do different things. Learn how a toy's design affects its function and introduce kindergarten students to STEAM concepts through real-world examples and a hands-on STEAM activity.

Folding Paper 6-Pack

Folding Paper 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28962


Learn about the many ways there are to fold paper with this fun STEAM 6-Pack created in collaboration with Smithsonian. Introduce kindergarten students to STEAM concepts through real-world examples and a hands-on STEAM activity.

Finding the Right Container 6-Pack

Finding the Right Container 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28963


Different types of containers are meant to hold different types of objects. Introduce young learners to shapes and STEAM concepts with this STEAM 6-Pack created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.

Pulling Taffy 6-Pack

Pulling Taffy 6-Pack

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$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28964


Learn how taffy is made and introduce kindergarten students to STEAM topics with this fun STEAM 6-Pack. This title features a simple, hands-on STEAM activity that takes students through the steps of the engineering design process.

Making More Doughnuts 6-Pack

Making More Doughnuts 6-Pack

Level:

$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28965


Have you ever wondered how doughnuts got their shape? Learn about the history of doughnuts with this STEAM 6-Pack that introduces kindergarten students to STEAM concepts through real-world examples and a STEAM activity.

Making Crayons 6-Pack

What Toys Can Do 6-Pack

Folding Paper 6-Pack

Finding the Right Container 6-Pack

Pulling Taffy 6-Pack

Making More Doughnuts 6-Pack

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$43.99

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$43.99

Level:

$43.99

Level:

$43.99

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$43.99

Level:

$43.99

Item Number: 28960

Item Number: 28961

Item Number: 28962

Item Number: 28963

Item Number: 28964

Item Number: 28965

Playing with Wind 6-Pack

Playing with Wind 6-Pack

Level:

$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28966


Have you ever wondered how the wind makes a kite fly? Learn about the wind with this STEAM 6-Pack that introduces kindergarten students to STEAM concepts through real-world examples and a hands-on STEAM activity.

Garden Life 6-Pack

Garden Life 6-Pack

Level:

$43.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 28968


Introduce kindergarten students to life science and STEAM topics through real-world examples. This STEAM 6-Pack features a simple, hands-on STEAM activity that takes students through the steps of the engineering design process.

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Kindergarten Add-on Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Kindergarten Add-on Pack

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$104.99

Grade: K

Item Number: 29134


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

Playing with Wind 6-Pack

Garden Life 6-Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Kindergarten Add-on Pack

Level:

$43.99

Level:

$43.99

Level:

$104.99

Item Number: 28966

Item Number: 28968

Item Number: 29134

Lessons Plan

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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