Inspires students to learn using fun, engaging, and meaningful lesson plans that combine hands-on discovery in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with creative writing. Aligned with both Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, this book gives teachers a wide range of field-tested lessons, workshops, and projects that have been created and classroom tested by professionals in each field. The workshop activities within the book are the innovative result of a partnership between 826 National's proven creative writing model and Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds, an initiative dedicated to connecting young people to the wonders of STEM through hands-on learning. Includes reflective observations by arts and science celebrities including Jon Scieszka, Mayim Bialik, and Steve Hockensmith, the dynamic lessons feature bonus activities, fun facts, and teaching points for instructors at every level. These quirky, exploratory lessons are sure to awaken young imaginations and passions for both STEM and creative writing, while encouraging interest in scientific endeavors. Now teachers can make both science and writing a fun-filled adventure. Grades five through eight is the critical period for engaging students in STEM, and this book is designed specifically to appeal to--and engage--this age group. The guided curricula foster hands-on discovery, deep learning, and rich inquiry skills while feeling more like play than school, and have proven popular and effective with both students and teachers.--From publisher description.
The science of saving daylight -- Technically speaking -- It's (partially) rocket science and (mostly) ice cream -- Planet oobleck -- How to write science fiction -- Making waves -- There may be bones -- Tinfoil shipbuilding -- Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink -- The science of superpowers -- Infinite recess -- Rewriting the zombie apocalypse