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Book-N-Build Projects: Blending Literacy With STEM Is Easy!

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Explore and create : Playground

This is presentation 3 of 3, at station "Maker Playground Station 3" within the playground "Maker Playground: Focusing on the Next Generation of Maker Activities"; scroll down to see more details.

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Dr. Marci Klein  

Explore how we can bridge literacy and hands-on STEM learning by incorporating fiction and non-fiction resources into your projects. Increase student engagement and deepen learning with this multi-disciplinary approach that's sure to reach ALL types of learners!

Audience: Library media specialists, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Topic: Maker activities & programs
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

I will review examples of how educators can integrate literacy, hands-on STEAM projects, and real world problem solving into a highly engaging project-based learning experience for k-8 students. I will have a powerpoint and physical examples of completed student projects to showcase how multidiciplinary approach to learning can support all types of learners.


1. introduction - 5 minutes
2. explanation of how literacy and STEM can work with a fiction "Book-N-Build" project and examples of completed projects - 5 minutes
3. explanation of how digital literacy and STEM can be integrated into an engaging, hands-on learning experience 5 minutes
4. example of how non-fiction literature can be integrated with hands-on projects to introduce students to and give them a first-hand experience in a range of STEM careers. - 5 minutes

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Dr. Marci Klein, 3DuxDesign

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