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Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, K–2: Using Children’s Books to Inspire STEM Learning

NSTA Press Book by: Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry

"Teachers in our district have been fans of Picture-Perfect Science for years, and it’s made a huge impact on how they fit science into their school day. We are so excited to do more of the same with these Picture-Perfect STEM books!"
—Chris Gibler, elementary instructional coach, Blue Springs School District in Missouri

"This lively mix of picture books and engaging, standards-based STEM content will be a powerful tool to inspire STEM learning."
—Andrea Beaty, author of Ada Twist, Scientist; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Iggy Peck, Architect
  For teachers eager to integrate STEM into their school day, Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons is an exciting development. This book’s 15 kid-friendly lessons convey how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics intersect in the real world. They embed reading-comprehension strategies that integrate the STEM subjects and English language arts through high-quality picture books. You’ll help your K–2 students engage in STEM activities while learning to read and reading to learn.

Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, K–2 draws on diverse and attention-grabbing books such as The Handiest Things in the World, The Day the Crayons Came Home, and I Wanna Iguana. The lessons will lead your students to ask questions and define problems; obtain, evaluate, and communicate information; and engage in argument from evidence. Along the way, students invent a handy backpack, design their own process for recycling crayons, and build a model habitat for an imaginary pet. Through these lessons and activities, all young students, including reluctant scientists and struggling readers, will quickly find themselves absorbed in STEM-related discovery.

Along with these new lessons come the easy-to-use features that have made Picture-Perfect a bestselling series for more than a dozen years:
. - Fiction and nonfiction book pairs
. - Background reading, materials lists, student pages, and assessments for each lesson
. - Connections to science standards and the Common Core State Standards for both English language arts and mathematics.

Picture-Perfect STEM is a powerful tool for guiding instruction. You’ll love how effective this book is, and your students will love learning about STEM.


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Reviews (2)
  • on Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:34 PM

I have the opportunity to work with veteran teachers, preservice teachers, as well as elementary school students. With the STEM initiative at the forefront of education teachers are often uncertain if "this is STEM". Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons addresses this need. Children are highly engaged in the lessons, preservice teachers feel secure with the ready-to-teach format, and veteran teachers can take the lessons and adjust as they need based on their experience with STEM. Using both the fiction and nonfiction books is as always a highly motivating and informative strategy. I currently use the Picture-Perfect Science series as a text for my science methods class, a professional development training tool, and with educational outreach in the local schools. I look forward to adding in the new Picture-Perfect STEM books this fall.

Susan Collins  (Kennesaw, GA)
Susan Collins (Kennesaw, GA)

  • on Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:35 AM

We were so excited to receive this book. We've been working with a group of kindergarten teachers in using the outdoor space as their classroom and making connections with 3 dimensional science learning. This book arrived, and while some of the lessons seemed highly engaging and provided opportunity for deeper learning, others did not. One lesson we had hoped to use with this called for making an observation and measurement, things that we are already doing but without the fancy paper copies. There were other ideas in the book that went further than this or made meaningful connections, but across the book they were not of equal quality.

Jenny  (Adrian, MI)
Jenny (Adrian, MI)


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