This book includes lessons for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine's Day, and STEM/STEAM lesson starters for each and every day in December, January and February.
The WINTER HOLIDAYS EDITION of STEM Through the Months is the latest book in the series that also includes FALL, WINTER, SPRING and BACK-TO-SCHOOL Editions.
Using daily, weekly and monthly-themed events as a springboard, poetry as a language arts component and the maker movement for inspiration, elementary kids build cross-curricular connections as they explore STEM - Science, Technology, Math and Engineering.
The activities are primarily aimed for students in grades two through grade six; however adopt and adapt for learners of all ages. The projects and poetry lessons have been classroom-tested and provide enjoyable learning experiences in a variety of environments: a traditional classroom, home schooling, after-school programs, scouting, gifted and talented programs, extra-curricular clubs and ESL classes.
For families looking for weekend or rainy day activities, we think you will find this to be a useful resource. And for kids who thumb through the special days and holidays, we ask, what will you learn and make today?
Inside you will find STEM lessons, projects and poetry experiences inspired by holidays, special days, traditional observances and wacky celebrations. Drawing on the inner poet in every child and the "let me do-it-myself" nature inherent in all learners, the activities and lessons will help kids earn an "A" for the Arts and will bring STEAM to your STEM initiatives. Budding scientists, mathematicians and engineers will practice creative and inventive thinking skills as they build knowledge throughout the year. The special days and projects feature the holidays of December, January and February. Do not feel obliged to use these ideas and projects only in these specific months. The projects and activities are great with their calendar collaborations, but specific curriculum and scheduling may vary. We encourage you to use the activities and projects on a day that fits into your classroom plans.
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About the Author
BEVERLY ELLMAN has been an educator who has enjoyed wearing many different hats. She has been a classroom teacher, an author of educational publications and an educational product developer. She has co-taught several classes which combined poetry and multimedia through UCLA extension with Joyce Koff. In addition, Joyce and Beverly have worked together presenting educational workshops to various elementary and middle school teachers. She has enjoyed watching the enthusiasm, energy, and creativity sparked in students as they experience learning and master STEM content.
JOYCE KOFF is a poet and a teacher. Her work has been published in numerous poetry journals and she has taught in elementary and middle schools in her self-created program. Joyce makes the reading, understanding and writing of poetry accessible to all students and these methods are applied in this book. As resident poet at Coeur d'Alene Elementary School in Venice, California, she has been teaching poetry for over 25 years and was part of the art's team that was awarded the prestigious Los Angeles Music Center's Bravo Award.
SIAN BOWMAN has never lost the giddy excitement she experienced as child when drawing and painting. After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a Masters in Fine Art, specializing in children's book illustration, she started freelancing as an illustrator. She is in her element working on picture books and educational books for children. She finds inspiration for her characters in walking her wonderful, cheeky whippet, Jet, through the countryside of Mid Wales - where her imagination can wander.