My interests in picture books come in phases. I get an idea of what I want my students to learn and then I begin hunting out the perfect picture books to support my teaching. Hopefully, I can blog my studies, over a period of time, with each blog entry being another book. Currently, I am all about uncovering the perfect picture books that can spark my students’ interests in STEM-centered thinking and activities. Science Technology Engineering and Math. STEM. It’s the latest
buzzword buzz-acronym in the K-12 world, so you may have heard it. Or maybe you haven’t heard it yet, but are still sufficiently fostering students’ minds in science, technology, engineering, and math activities.
Future Marine Biologists
Each blog entry within a study will begin its title with the study number and entry number in short form. Example: S1E2 would represent “Study One, Entry two”. Followed by the blog entry’s unique title, and then ending with the study number and title of study. For example, the study number and title of my first study is, “Study One: STEM-themed Picture Books.
I’m a Boston Public School (BPS) teacher, so it’s BPS’ student population that I have in mind, when researching STEM-themed picture books. Fortunately, Boston has such a diverse student body, that whatever your student population is, the books I study and blog about are surely to be relevant and highly beneficial to whomever you teach as well. My goal will be to discover less known picture books, and less known scientists. My second goal is to include books that are highly relevant, authentic, and well-written. Unfortunately, every good-intentioned picture book, is not written in a way that is purposeful, or mindful of it’s readers’ academic needs. If a good-intentioned and enticing picture book is not up-to-snuff, then I will state it as such in my post. I want to push caution, to my blog readers, towards ill-allegorical picture books masquerading as educational.
Future Environmental Scientists
And with that, I leave you with a preview of some of the picture books I will be blogging about during Study One: STEM-themed Picture Books. One of the books I preview below, is not up-to-snuff for the classroom. Do you know which one it is, even before I blog about it? Let me know if you do! I would love for you to contribute your insights on the book’s shortcomings.
Some of the STEM-themed books I will be blogging about throughout the upcoming school year:
Maritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl
By Tonya Bolden
Published for Abrams
By Laurie Krebs. Illustrated by Valeria Cis
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Boston, MA and London, UK
Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Mission to Pluto
By Oneeka Williams, M.D.
Illustrated by Valerie Bouthyette
Publisher: Mascot Books
Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt
By Beatrice Lumpkin
Illustrated by Linda Nickens
Publisher: Africa World Press, Inc.
I’m Gonna Be!
By Wade Hudson
Illustrated by Culverson Blair
Publisher: Just Us Books
What Color is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Illustrated by Ben Boos and A.G. Ford
Publisher: Random House
A Weed is A Flower
1988 Publisher: Aladdin
1965 Publisher: Turtleback Books
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Publisher: Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Books.
These books pictured above, are by no means a full representation of the books, I plan to study, relating to the STEM fields. These are all just books that I already know, and have read. Let’s see what else I discover in the weeks to come.
Future Engineer. Future Architect
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