Supporting STEM Through ELAR/W & SS

by Monique D. Boone/SFASU/RDG 534.501/Spring 2016

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What is STEM?

The acronym STEM stands for Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math. Modern education has shifted its focus from the basic Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic to STEM education and implementation in an effort to prepare more students for college and careers. “A true STEM education should increase students’ understanding of how things work and improve their use of technologies” (Bybee 2010). Along with the STEM education, this shift has also demanded that students strengthen skills such as communication, collaboration, critical Thinking, and creativity. In addition, “By incorporating a curriculum that focuses gradually on students learning independently rather than relying on textbooks and lecture-based learning traditionally utilized in STEM classrooms, students increase their understanding of topics covered as well as develop independent research skills ” (Chacko, Appelbaum, Kim, Zhao, & Montclare, 2015).

Why Should Literacy and Social Studies Teachers care about STEM?

“An increased commitment to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary STEM integration

has appeared in recent years… Disciplines ‘cannot and should not be taught in isolation just as they do not exist in isolation in the real world or the workforce’” (English 2016). As students explore hands-on learning, it is also imperative for students to gain a firm understanding through research, analysis, and connect kinesthetic learning with reading and comprehending. “Disciplinary literacy explores how the conceptual knowledge (and the language used to communicate knowledge) of different disciplines influences text comprehension and production in these disciplines” (Kamberelis, G., Gillis, V. R., & Leonard, J. ,2014). Through cross-curricular planning, a balanced literacy approach, and a continuous connection to Social Studies and History, students will develop a stronger understanding of STEM components.
STEM Integration in K-12 Education

Supporting STEM in Literacy

- Analyzing graphs and graphics

- Expanding academic vocabulary

- Making connections across texts

- Curating research

- Strengthening knowledge of root words and affixes

- Understanding of latin and greek roots for decoding

- Building oral and written communication

- Creating effective oral and written arguments

- Building Comprehension of written academic text

- Connecting written text with hands-on learning through project and problem-based learning

Supporting STEM in Social Studies and History

- Exploring Patterns over time

- Analyzing theories

- Learning about past experts

- Connecting evolutions of theories and findings

- Building an understanding of present practices through historical happenings

- Bridging action research and comprehension of the “why”

- Learning about past breakthroughs

- Increasing the power of research to enhance retention and Heutagogy
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What is NCTM?

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a global leader organized to support teachers and ensure high-quality equitable mathematics learning for all students through leadership, professional development, research, and vision.

Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making

"This resource is a conceptual framework to guide the development of future publications and tools related to 9–12 mathematics curriculum and instruction." (NCTM 2016)

What is NMS?

NMSI was formed to address an economic and intellectual crisis in education. The National Math and Science Initiative strives to improve student performance in critical subject areas. By transforming teaching, learning, and education, NMSI's mission is to improve student performance in science, technology, science, and math. NMS also offers rigorous professional development, lessons, and activities in English, Reading, and Social Studies to improve teaching and student learning all the way around.

STEM Education: Developing 21st century problem solvers

What is NGSS?

The National Science Standards (NGSS) are research-based, up-to-date K-12 science standards, developed by states, to improve science education. With these standards, local educators can design student learning that stimulates interest as well as prepare students for science in school, college, career and even in citizenship.

Learn more about their 3 Dimensional Learning Theory here:

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What is NEED?

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is an educational group geared towards educating and equipping teachers with professional development, lesson plans, and resources, supporting students with science project ideas, games, and scholarships, and connecting partners with organization information, programs, and training.

click on the link below to check out the NEED Elementary Energy Infobook! Here, you will find facts, definitions, explanations, graphs, and graphics to use as a resource for any STEM supported .
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What is STEMScopes?

STEMScopes is a digital science solution for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Formed by classroom teachers, STEMScopes provides teachers with a full curriculum of science lessons and activities each fully aligned with NGSS and adopted TEKS. Teachers can find correlated math, reading, and writing lessons with every 5-E lesson all provided by STEMScopes.
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