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Smithsonian Readers

Build literacy skills while challenging students to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems!

Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, this dynamic series engages students with high-interest readers that highlight all aspects of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Through hands-on STEAM activities, students will learn how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems.

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Smithsonian Readers


Challenge students to explore, collaborate, and solve problems through hands-on, minds-on learning.

  • Strengthen literacy skills and content-area knowledge with high-interest readers and easy-to-implement lessons
  • Learn to apply the engineering design process to solve real-world problems
  • Promote the 4 Cs: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Make career connections with career advice from Smithsonian employees working in STEAM fields
  • Develop digital literacy skills with Interactiv-eBooks
  • Support English language learners and model fluency with professional audio recordings

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