S.T.E.A.M. News

September/October Newsletter for S.T.E.A.M.

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year!  I am very excited to introduce S.T.E.A.M. instruction to the library this year.  Teachers are also welcome to bring their students to the library during certain periods of the week to explore the wonderful array of books found in our school library.  However, classes that are scheduled for my class during the week will be learning all about S.T.E.A.M.   The S.T.E.A.M. Program engages students in project-based learning using hands-on engineering applications.  Students are exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) in a student-centered environment where they are encouraged to be problem solvers and innovative thinkers.  When these areas are taught in an integrated way, students are better able to appreciate how each part is necessary for the success of any complex, real world project.  During the first months of school, the children will be exploring scientific tools in grades Pre-K through 5.  They will focus on the Engineering Design Process and will learn all about what scientists do on a daily basis.
The idea behind S.T.E.A.M. education is to prepare students for successful careers in the 21st century workforce.  We live in a time where information is at your fingertips and there is a constant explosion of knowledge.  Our children will be working in jobs that don’t even exist today.  One thing which is certain about careers of the future is that they will involve constant change.  S.T.E.A.M. education seeks to teach students to be creative, innovative, critical thinkers - all skills needed for adapting to change.  It engages students in project based learning, where they are often given real world engineering challenges.  Teams of students work together to seek multiple solutions to these challenges.  They learn that failure is sometimes part of the process and they should seek to try again and improve upon ideas.  If students develop skills needed to think deeply and critically, they will be prepared to become the innovators and leaders of our future.  

I look forward to meeting with all of the students here in the library this year - whether it be to book shop or to come explore S.T.E.A.M.!  

Help our Classroom On Donor's Choose!

Click on the picture below to visit our Donor's Choose page for our latest project!

Raz Kids

Great news!  Our class is registered to use the online guided reading program called Raz Kids.   The website is filled with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes.  Sign into your page today!

Interactive Sites

Click on the link below to connect to an interactive game collection website.  On this site you'll be able to find various interactive websites in all subject areas.  

Reading Levels : Online Resources

Some parents in the past have expressed a desire to have references on our website regarding reading levels.  They wanted something to help them figure out levels of books they had at home as well as suggested book lists of leveled books.  Below you'll find a wealth of resources to help you with your child's reading at home.  Thank you again for your cooperation in your child's education and I hope the websites listed are of help to you at home!  
Leveled Books Datatbase
Click on the link below to look up a book by it's title or author.  You can also access book lists by level by clicking on your child's reading level.  For example, if your child is reading on a level M, click the M beneath "By GR level" for an extensive book list. 
Book Wizard 
Click on the link below for another website that will help you find books by level or look up books you may already have at home.  Scholastic provides a way on their website to search for books and browse books by level.  Click on the tabs at the top of the Book Wizard to search for books, search for similiar books to a book your child might enjoy, or search books by reading level.  
TIP: Make sure you select Guided Reading for the search.  This will allow you to see the levels we use in school.  
Leveled Book Lists
Click on the link below to access a great website that allows you to browse the titles of books by level.  To find these book lists, select Grades 1-4 for the levels of our classroom.  You'll find titles of books that are appropriate for each reading level.