Integrating STEAM into the ECE Classroom

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  • Open-ended exploration promotes “the problem-solving, the fearlessness, and the critical thinking and making skills that…are the same skills that will keep our country innovating.” -John Maeda (former RISD president)
    “The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” -Mae Jemison (doctor, dancer, astronaut)
  • Integrating STEAM into the ECE Classroom

    1. 1. Integrating STEAM into the ECE Classroom: Finding and Utilizing the Right Resources for Your Center Amy Koester St. Charles City-County Library District
    2. 2. Hello! • Amy Koester, MLS • Children’s Librarian • All Things STEAM • Children’s programs, services, and outreach
    3. 3. –Carl Sagan “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist.”
    4. 4. What’s STEAM?
    5. 5. Why the “A”? • Arts crafts≠ • Arts = creativity • Open-ended creative activities • Arts and STEM are not at odds
    6. 6. POLL! Where in your classroom, if at all, do your children engage in STEAM elements?
    7. 7. POLL!
    8. 8. STEAM in the ECE Classroom: Storytimes • Add non-fiction titles • Choose fiction with STEAM content • Take opportunities to talk • Ask “Why?” questions • Include counting rhymes & activities
    9. 9. STEAM in the ECE Classroom: Activities • Cumulative projects • Media creation • Exploration walks • Take-home activities & kits
    10. 10. STEAM in the ECE Classroom: Stations • Observation stations • Age-appropriate tools • Water or sensory stations • Creation stations • Manipulables
    11. 11. Science Activities • Weather demos • Observe living things • Physical and chemical changes • Body science
    12. 12. Science Mix-Ins • Extending stories • Testing strength with The Three Little Pigs • Primary and secondary colors with White Rabbit’s Color Book • Realia
    13. 13. Technology Activities • Exploring tools • Book apps and games • Content creation • Chain reaction machines
    14. 14. Technology Mix-Ins • Picture book apps • Media supplements • Simple machines to solve problems
    15. 15. Engineering Activities • Building projects • Sink and float structures • “How it Works” investigations • Fixing/repurposing broken toys
    16. 16. Engineering Mix-Ins • Recreate story components • Building name games • Talk about ways to solve problems
    17. 17. POLL! Have you ever intentionally used arts activities with the goal of promoting creativity and innovation?
    18. 18. POLL!
    19. 19. Arts Activities • Process vs. product • Open-ended • Let kids pick the media • Encourage exploring the media • Display creations
    20. 20. Arts Mix-Ins • “What happens next?” • Story maps • Retelling stories in other formats (songs, dance, yoga, flannel)
    21. 21. Math Activities • Compare & contrast • Identify & create patterns • Sorting stations • Shape scavenger hunt
    22. 22. Math Mix-Ins • Make a story chart • Counting songs & rhymes • Measure & compare within activities
    23. 23. STEAM Resources: Books What to look for in STEAM books: • High-quality images • Vocabulary • Explanation of concepts • Accuracy • Age-appropriate activities
    24. 24. STEAM Resources: Books Jump! from Bullfrog Books (Publisher)
    25. 25. STEAM Resources: Books Pebble Plus (Publisher)
    26. 26. STEAM Resources: Books Gail Gibbons (Author)
    27. 27. STEAM Resources: Books Steve Jenkins (Author/Illustrator)
    28. 28. STEAM Resources: Books Janice VanCleave (Author)
    29. 29. STEAM Resources: Books Williamson Kids Can! (Publisher)
    30. 30. STEAM Resources: Books Children’s Dictionary
    31. 31. STEAM Resources: Blogs Utilize a variety of preschool blogs: • Early childhood educators • Homeschool caregivers • Libraries & library staff
    32. 32. STEAM Resources: Blogs Teach Preschool http://www.teachpreschool.or g/category/science-and- nature/
    33. 33. STEAM Resources: Blogs PreKinders http://www.prekinders.com/s cience-page/
    34. 34. STEAM Resources: Blogs Library Makers http://librarymakers.blogspot .com
    35. 35. STEAM Resources: Blogs Little eLit http://littleelit.com
    36. 36. STEAM Resources: Blogs Storytime Underground http://storytimeunderground. wordpress.com/
    37. 37. STEAM Resources: Blogs All Things STEAM from The Show Me Librarian http://showmelibrarian.blogs pot.com/p/all-things- steam.html
    38. 38. STEAM Resources: Websites Websites with preschool STEAM content: • Science companies • Non-profit initiatives • Library & classroom support • Academic standards
    39. 39. STEAM Resources: Websites Science Sparks http://www.science- sparks.com
    40. 40. STEAM Resources: Websites Fun Science from National Geographic Kids http://kids.nationalgeographi c.com/kids/activities/funscien ce/
    41. 41. STEAM Resources: Websites Bedtime Math http://bedtimemath.org
    42. 42. STEAM Resources: Websites Flannel Friday http://www.pinterest.com/flan nelfriday/
    43. 43. STEAM Resources: Websites Your state’s early learning standards
    44. 44. STEAM Resources: Supplies Keep two major factors in mind: • Cost • Reusability
    45. 45. STEAM Resources: Supplies Dollar Store
    46. 46. STEAM Resources: Supplies Leftovers (Recyclables Center)
    47. 47. STEAM Resources: Supplies Lakeshore Learning http://www.lakeshorelearning .com
    48. 48. STEAM Resources: Supplies Constructive Playthings http://www.constructiveplayth ings.com
    49. 49. STEAM Resources: Supplies Steve Spangler Science http://www.stevespanglerscie nce.com
    50. 50. STEAM Resources: Community Partners Use your community as a STEAM resource! • A few key places to look • How to approach potential partners
    51. 51. POLL! Have you ever worked with your local public library in planning or providing services to your children?
    52. 52. POLL!
    53. 53. STEAM Resources: Community Partners The Public Library!
    54. 54. STEAM Resources: Community Partners Local Businesses
    55. 55. STEAM Resources: Community Partners Local Professionals
    56. 56. In Conclusion • STEAM belongs in ECE centers. • There’s a STEAM fit for every ECE center, & every age child. • Use your resources!
    57. 57. Questions? @amyeileenk amy.e.koester@gmail.com
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