5 Children's Books You Have to Try

Always a reader.

Me.

Always. If you visit here often you already know this and you probably also know that the last Friday of each month is a Book Review day for me. Usually, I share five adult books, but last month I threw in a book I once read to my third-grade students.

Wow, I got some great responses to that! So, I thought I would devote this post to five of my favorite books to read to students!


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The Most Magnificent First Grade STEM Challenge

What is THE Most Magnificent Thing? Well, to some of us it's a pumpkin spice frappuccino...

To first graders, it's STEM time and building something, actually building anything. They love to create, especially if they have a book read to them first.

This little challenge was one we completed after reading a book about an inventor that solves a problem for her dog. And, of course, we built dogs!

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An Easy Way to Use Straws - Geodesic Domes

So, one day I discovered that my box of straw pieces was getting pretty full and I also had several boxes of bright neon straws.

Now, I know you are thinking about two things!

  • Why do I have a box of straw pieces? 
  • What are you thinking about doing with all those straws....?
Well, the reason I have all those straw pieces is that I am a STEM teacher and I save everything.
And, to find out the rest of the story, hmmmm.......keep reading!

STEM Challenge: Create geodesic domes using straws a a main material. If you save pieces of straws this challenge is for you!
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How to Get Your Kids Totally Engaged (with Science)

About a month ago I started thinking about ways to vary STEM Challenges! How could I increase engagement and is that even possible with highly-engaging STEM challenges? 

We seemed to be in a build it frenzy and I really wanted to concentrate on covering science standards, while still having fun, and complete some design projects, too.

Is this possible?

We found the answer! I am calling these new events an Escape Room STEM Quest! (This is a long post, folks, but stick with it to the end and I will answer all those zillions of questions you will have!)

Escape Room Quests are missions that involve solving riddles and tasks to find clues to open a locked box. This one is perfect for Halloween and October or anytime! The information within the tasks is all about spiders! It’s an Unlock the Box Challenge with a Science-based and/or Halloween theme! Kids complete math problems to solve a riddle, use small spiders on a coordinate grid to find clues, and sort facts about insects and spiders. A STEM Challenge is included in this resource!
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