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STEM Trade Book Connections

STEM Trade Book Connections

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STEM Trade Book Connections are loosely based on the Teaching through Trade Books column that appears monthly in Science and Children, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association. The STEM Trade Book Connections activity that has been used in the Tennessee Department of Education’s STEM professional development programs and in preservice education programs to encourage the integration of trade books in science and mathematics courses across the full K-16 spectrum. High quality Trade Books provide an excellent anchor pointfor introducing relevant STEM Content in classrooms.

The Way It Works...

The Connections process references books that have been designated as “outstanding” by such professional organizations as the National Science Teachers Association, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and AAAS’ Science Books and Films. The STEM Trade Book Connections template (see below) incorporates several curriculum and assessment tools found at to systematically connect trade books with content standards for science and other disciplines. The product of this Connection activity is a standards-based lesson that employs one of the Lesson Builder templates. The STEM Trade Book Connections Teacher Work Samples offer examples of how Children’s Trade Books can be added into your curriculum to integrate science and mathematics instruction with a variety of other content areas.

The materials in this section include a Trade Book Performance Assessment that can be used by preservice educators in their teacher preparation programs. Trade books provide preservice teachers with an authentic context for the instructional materials that they are required to prepare during the course of becoming certified teachers.

Here are some tips for creating a Trade Book Inspired Lesson that integrates it into a STEM classroom setting:

  1. Be sure that this learning activity is age-appropriate for the book and vice versa.

  2. Design a lesson that addressed the same topic covered by the book or another topic that is indirectly related to the same subject. For example, you could develop a lesson about Eskimos for a book about Pacific salmon.

  3. Study some examples from NSTA’s “Science and Children” column and the STEM Trade Book Connections Teacher Work Samples to guide your work.