Classroom Library Support of Next Generation Science Standards

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book bins NGSSIs your school or classroom looking for ways to support Next Generation Science Standards? We’ve been having a lot of conversations with our customers lately about science education and the future of their students. We teamed up with our friends at Steps to Literacy to talk about their custom curated NGSS Classroom Library Collection.

What are the Next Generation Science Standards?
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are new K-12 science standards created to provide students with foundational science education to prepare them for college and careers. Based on the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the NGSS were developed through a collaborative, state-led process.

The Next Generation Science Standards are focused on helping students use science to make sense of real-world phenomena and use engineering to solve problems. Currently, about 40% of teachers teach real-world applications of science.(1)

Why Next Generation Science Standards?
Quality science education is particularly important to ensure that students develop a deep understanding of content and develop key skills that will serve them throughout their education. In 2015, the United States ranked 19th in science on the Program for International Student Assessment.(2) Continue reading



Easy Ideas for Read Across America Day

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March 2nd is Read Across America Day!

Read Across America Day has been a day created by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading since 1998. The NEA chose the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday to get children excited about literacy and reading, much like a pep rally for football. So, we want to help cheer children on as they develop a love for reading and provide you with some easy, hands-on and fun actvities. We’ve gathered together our favorite crafts and ideas to engage your students and bring their reading to life on Read Across America Day. Continue reading



Library Storytime Activity – Craft Stick Families

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Here’s a super fun popsicle stick craft for preschoolers (or any age for that matter) that I recently used for a “Families are Fun!” Storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. I volunteer every other week to lead the Preschool storytime. Coming up with fun crafts to go along with the theme is always fun. There are many variations of this craft. You can even use the finished products as puppets, which is a fun idea. After a great storytime with books and songs about families and a silly puppet, we explained the idea for the craft to the moms and kids.

Materials:

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Classroom Book Activity – How Rocket Learned to Read

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Classroom Book Activities for: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Story Summary

In this wonderful story about words and reading, a little yellow bird teaches a dog named Rocket the alphabet. Soon he discovers the joy of using letters to make words and reading stories all by himself!

Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce How Rocket Learned to Read. As a whole class do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as marvel and captivated. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

Materials

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STEM Outreach Program for Kids & Teens

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The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.

Here is Isabel Huff’s story:

My name is Isabel, and I am the Outreach Coordinator for an engineering curriculum called Through My Window. When I began working on this project during my first year at Smith College, I had no idea I would still be working on it more than six years later.

My interest in STEM outreach began when I was a middle school student in Montana. I participated in a science outreach program at the local university which involved launching high-altitude weather balloons. I loved the program, and ended up working on it once I entered high school. When I learned that I could work with a faculty member at Smith who was engaged in a STEM project involving outreach to upper-elementary and middle-schoolers, I was excited.

The innovative Through My Window engineering curriculum applies cutting-edge educational approaches in 3 multimedia components:

  1. A young adult novel called Talk to Me
  2. Online learning modules that we call “learning adventures” – interactive stories that allow students to interact with Talk to Me characters as they learn more about engineering
  3. Offline enrichment activities

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