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The Go-To Guide for Engineering Curricula, PreK-5
Choosing and Using the Best Instructional Materials for Your Students



© 2014 | 256 pages | Corwin

How to engineer change in your elementary science classroom

 

With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, your students won’t just be scientists—they’ll be engineers. But that doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the wheel. Respected science educator Cary Sneider has done the groundwork for you, collecting a full range of time-tested curriculum materials to seamlessly weave engineering and technology concepts into your math and science lessons.

 

In this volume, you’ll find descriptions of instructional materials specifically created for—and tested in—elementary science classrooms. Features include:

 

  • A handy table that takes you straight to the chapters most relevant to your needs
  • In-depth commentaries and illustrative examples that demystify engineering curricula at the PreK-5 level
  • A vivid picture of what each curriculum looks like in the classroom, the learning goals it accomplishes, and how it helps address the NGSS
  • More information on the integration of engineering and technology into 21st-century science classrooms—and why it will make a difference

 

One of the most well-respected science educators in the country, Cary Sneider was an NGSS Writing Team Leader and is an associate research professor at Portland State University.

 

“Knowledge and confidence to teach engineering in the elementary science curriculum comes with access to high quality instructional materials. Without question, this book provides the information teachers and curriculum specialists need to make well-informed decisions that will give students the opportunity to use the engineering design process to both apply and develop their knowledge of science. With elementary engineering in the STEM spotlight, this book is timely and much needed!"
-Page Keeley, Corwin Author and Science Education Consultant


"Dr. Sneider’s book is a just-in-time, much needed resource for elementary teachers, administrators, and teacher educators. With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards, many practicing elementary teachers are in great need of support. They need to know that there are high-quality, well-thought-out curricular options that they can use to scaffold engineering in their classrooms. This book provides exactly the introduction that they need. The curricula are thoroughly described, and the book includes everything that a teacher or an administrator needs to evaluate a curriculum for potential classroom use. This book is an extremely valuable tool in the quickly changing field of education."
- Laura Bottomley, Directory, The Engineering Place

 

Janet Kolodner
Foreword
Cary Sneider
Introduction
Cary Sneider
Technology and Engineering in Middle School Standards
Cary Sneider
Acknowledgments
Jacquey Barber
1. Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading
Gary Benenson
2. Physical Science Comes Alive!
Diana Cantu
3. Engineering by Design TEEMS: Kindergarten Through Second Grade
Nancy Landes & Janet Carlson
4. BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science & Literacy
Chris Ciuca
5. A World in Motion From SAE International
Linda DeLucchi & Laurence Malone
6. Engineering Opportunities in FOSS: The Full Option Science System, 3rd Edition
Christine Cunningham
7. Engineering is Elementary: Engineering for Elementary School Students
Marina Bers
8. Tangible Kindergarten: Learning How to Program Robots in Early Childhood
Melissa Higgins
9. Engineering Adventures: Engineering for Out-of-School Time
William Giese
10. Engineering by Design TEEMS and I3 for Grades 3,4,5, and 6
Charlie Hutchison
11. Design It! Design Engineering Projects for Afterschool
Steven Worker, Richard Majacek, Tara Wheeler, & Saundra Frerichs
12. Engineering for Everyone: 4-H's Junk Drawer Robotics Curriculum
Tamara Moore & Kristina Tank
13. Picture STEM
Elizabeth Gajdzik, Johannes Strobel, & Barbara DiSioudi
14. STEM in Action: Solar House Design

"It's heartening to see how highly regarded science educators like Cary Sneider and Janet Kolodner are proposing that engineering becomes a focal point of preK-5 curriculum and instruction. Engineering has a unique potential to contextualize science in contexts that are meaningful and authentic to children (and their teachers).

Dr. Sneider's Go-To-Guide provides a framework for implementation, exemplary models, and sound advice to teachers wishing to embed engineering design and engineering thinking into their instructional programs.

Dr. Cary Sneider has chosen to highlight a series of pedagogically sound and contemporary curriculum materials to serve as exemplars. Teachers and curriculum decision makers would do well to review and consider adopting the materials highlighted in his book."

Michael Hacker, Co-Director
Center for STEM Research, Hempstead, NY

"Dr. Sneider’s book is a just-in-time, much needed resource for elementary teachers, administrators, and teacher educators.   With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards and other increasing emphases on engineering in the classroom, many practicing elementary teachers are in great need of support.  They need to know that there are high-quality, well-thought-out curricular options that they can use to scaffold engineering in their classrooms.  This book provides exactly the introduction that they need.  The curricula are thoroughly described, and the book includes everything that a teacher or an administrator needs to evaluate a curriculum for potential classroom use.  The link to the NGSS objectives, that is included with each chapter, is of particular advantage. This book is an extremely valuable tool in a quickly changing field of education."

Laura Bottomley, Director
The Engineering Place, Raleigh, NC

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With engineering getting increased attention in the elementary science curriculum, this book is a tremendous resource for districts seeking high quality curricula that connect engineering with science and support the integrated nature of STEM learning both inside and outside of the school day.

 

High quality curricula is the linchpin of effective teaching and learning. With the prominence of elementary engineering in the NGSS and revisions to state standards, elementary teachers and curriculum specialists will find this book of tremendous value in selecting curricula that integrate engineering and science. From an overview of the importance of engineering in the elementary grades to vivid descriptions of a variety of PreK-5 curricular resources, this book provides the information educators need to make sound curricular decisions that support the development of engineering concepts and practices.

 

Elementary schools are faced with the exciting challenge of moving from science programs to STEM-related programs. Selection of high quality curricula is a key part of meeting this challenge. This book provides descriptions of well-designed school and out of school instructional materials as well as the background for understanding the critical and timely importance of including engineering in the PreK-5 science curriculum.

 

Knowledge and confidence to teach engineering in the elementary science curriculum comes with access to high quality instructional materials. Without question, this book provides the information teachers and curriculum specialists need to make well-informed decisions that will give students the opportunity to use the engineering design process to both apply and develop their knowledge of science. With elementary engineering in the STEM spotlight, this book is timely and much needed!"

Page Keeley, Author, Speaker, and Science Education Consultant

" I see this book as not only presenting a comprehensive introduction to a number of quality commercial elementary engineering programs (which it does well), but also framing them in the context of the need for and power of engineering education. The overview of NGSS anchors the material in the book within that larger field of science education today. As such, the book becomes much more than a presentation of commercial products."

David Vernot, Curriculum Consultant
Key features
  • Assembles under one cover a collection of in-depth commentaries and illustrative examples that demystify and bring to life the quality existing K-5 Engineering curricula that meet the NGSS Grade Standards for elementary education
  • Provides a complete description of the program written by the currriculum PI that describes what their curriculum looks like in the classroom, what learning goals it is intended to accomplish, and how it will help teachers address the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Each chapter describes one set of instructional materials, usually modules for the elementary school
  • Author Cary Sneider is one of the most respected Science educators in the field and is well known for his ground breaking work in this area.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Introduction


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ISBN: 9781483307367