STEAM STORIES - how to set up

Welcome to my blog series on STEAM STORIES.  

STEAM Stories contains Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and ELA all together in one curriculum

STEAM STORIES is a great way to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and English Language Arts.  If you've been afraid to start doing STEM and STEAM lessons in your classroom, you will be pleasantly surprised by how easily the children adapt to a regular routine of STEAM every week.  

STEAM Stories contains Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and ELA all together in one curriculum

This week I'd like to show you how I set up and use STEAM STORIES in my classroom.  I currently teach Second Grade and I have a really young group of kids this year, so they are loving the characters and the stories in this program.  We're two weeks in and one of my students today asked me what next week's character will be as she's loving the two we've learned about already.
When you open the file for week 1 you will find 6 files.  Please open the one called "start here" first.
This is what you will find.  This explains what you will find in the other 5 files.

 Last year I printed out 6 copies of each level of each story in Black and White and then I printed out the 3 different covers in color ink.  That made for 18 copies of each story total.  I laminated the color covers and this really helps with keeping the books strong.  Now I have 20 students in my class this year, so after I gathered their reading levels I made extra black and white copies for those levels.  I will try to rotate the black and white copies around each week so that no child is stuck with the black and white copy week after week.

I store the copies in magazine files.  I group them by level and then title.  I admit that I have not yet printed out the cute labels for these magazine files, but the post-it notes are working for me for now.  I put the books in spine back so that I can easily find the reading level in the top right corner of each book. 

Next I color printed out the binder and spine covers and also color printed the vocabulary word cards.  The rest can be easily be printed out in black and white.

I also am fortunate enough to have a projector so I like to project up the vocabulary words in color so the pictures are more vivid.  I don't usually print out the instructions, and when I do they are usually in black and white.  For week 1 I suggest you print them out for a quick and easy reference.

The last thing you need to prepare is your worksheets for the lessons you are going to teach. 

 In my next blog post I will share my details for how I planned out the week and which worksheets I printed out and photocopied and which ones I did not.  So stay tuned for more details about how I taught week one!

Thanks for stopping by today.