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Preschool STEM Presentation

Preschool STEM storytime Presentation. Presented by Jen Thomas and Robin Gibson at Ohio Library Council SW, April 3, 2013. For more information, check out our blog at http://cultivatewonder.wordpress.com/

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Transcript of Preschool STEM Presentation

Celebrate Science
Nonfiction author Melissa Stewart’s blog.
The Show Me Librarian: All Things STEAM
Amy Koester, Children’s Librarian, St. Charles City-County Public Library, Missouri - preschool & school age STEM programs and links to additional resources.
Library Makers {hands-on learning for all ages] : Wonderworks
Youth Services Librarian, Madison, Wisconsin
Knowledge Matters: Public Library Programming for Young Knowledge Seekers
Christina Jones, Children’s Services Librarian, Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, Indiana
Education.com Preschool Math Activities  
ODNR Division of Wildlife - Wild Kids
INK (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids)
National Science Teachers Association Blog - The Early Years
Bridges! : Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test, by Carol A. Johmann and Elizabeth J. Reith
The Everything Kids' Easy Science Experiments Book : Explore the World of Science Through Quick and Fun Experiments, by J. Elizabeth Mills
More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, K-4 by Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan
Science Is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers, by Peggy Ashbrook
What’s the BIG Idea?
Making Math and Science Come Alive for Children and Families in Your Library
Vermont Center for the Book
You Can Count on Mother Goose
Vermont Center for the Book
Mother Goose Asks “Why?”
Vermont Center for the Book
Along with the storytime and hands-on activities, we like to include additional take home activities with related projects that participants can do with family members after they leave the library.
Take Home Activities
Since parents are their children’s first educators, we encourage parental involvement as much as possible during our programs, both in the storytime portion of our program and in the hands-on activities.
Parental Involvement
-Going on a circle hunt
Then, filling in circles . . . What could they be?
Our Preschool STEM program is scheduled for 45 minutes. The first 20 -25 minutes is dedicated to the storytime portion of the program. This includes 1) an opening song, 2) a picture book, 3) a song or interactive game, flannel board, or activity, 4) a nonfiction book, and time permitting, 5) another song.
The second half of the program is set aside for hands-on activities.
Hands-on activities allow our participants to put into practice the knowledge that they have gained in the earlier half of the storytime. We make each hands-on activity an extension of the topic we discussed.
The Preschool STEM Program
Preschool STEM emphasizes interactivity. The songs, games, flannel boards, books, and hands-on activities that we choose for Preschool STEM are all highly participatory and place a strong emphasis on interaction between the preschoolers and the librarian, as well as with their adults.
Throughout the program, we encourage the preschoolers to make predictions and to provide feedback about our topics. As we read the books, we ask questions and point out pictures and words that will help participants fully understand the material, and then, when the book has ended, we discuss what we have read.
Interactive Songs,
Nonfiction & Picture Books
Hands on Activities
Common Core in Public Education
In 2010, Ohio public schools began using academic standards known as the Common Core. “The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world…” The new Common Core State Standards encourage teachers to focus on skills such as creative thinking, investigation, conversations, and connections outside the classroom.
RIF’s STEAM Multicultural Booklist
Reading Rockets “Literacy in the Sciences” Tip Sheets
There are multiple resources available for STEM planning. Simply stepping into your Juvenile Nonfiction department can help inspire you.
Planning STEM
Picture Books vs. Nonfiction
Nonfiction books convey information in interesting ways. Often, preschool parents don’t use this part of the library – we like to show them that there are great informational books for preschoolers.
A Tree is Nice, by Janice Udry
The picture books that we use in our Ready to Read based storytimes often contain facts that can be addressed and discussed.
The addition of the Preschool STEM program, both on and offsite, provides libraries with a convenient opportunity to promote the skills necessary to successfully prepare preschoolers for the Common Core State Standards.

Just as Every Child Ready to Read helps parents prepare their children for kindergarten by instilling in them the necessary skills for reading and writing, Preschool STEM helps parents prepare their children for kindergarten by introducing them to nonfiction science, math, and engineering books and concepts.

Preschool STEM promotes inquiry, curiosity and excitement about learning and offers fact-based learning and fun hands-on experiences.
Why Preschool STEM in Libraries?
Preschool STEM is a storytime, geared at preschoolers ages 3-6, which explores Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematical concepts through picture and nonfiction books, games, and related hands-on activities. Technology is utilized in the Preschool STEM program, but it is not as much of a focus as Math, Science, and Engineering. Parents (or adult caregivers) are expected to actively participate with their children throughout the program.
What is Preschool STEM?
STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
What is STEM?
Big Idea Booklists
Topics include: Patterns, Mapping, Weather, Trees, Measurement, Shapes and many more!
Math & Science Booklists for Preschoolers
Books Count! Number Fun for Children
50 Books about Science and Scientists
The Cook Prize
Bank Street College of Education, for the best STEM picture books for ages 8-10. Begun in 2012.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
National Science Teacher’s Association

(in with the Children’s Book Council)
Nonfiction Book Awards & Book Lists
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
For most distinguished informational book for children, administered by ALSC. Most of these are older than preschool audience.
Are Trees Alive? by Debbie S. Miller
Rocketship Science
Nonfiction book: Liftoff!, by Carmen Bredeson
Song: Rocketship Run, by Laurie Berkner
Picture Book: Oliver Who Would Not Sleep, by Mara Bergman
Video: Launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery
Balloon Rockets
Alka Seltzer
The Engineering of Bridges
Picture Book: Twenty-One Elephants, by Phil Bildner

Song: London Bridge

Non-fiction Powerpoint (with activities from Bridges! Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test, by Carol A. Johmann and Elizabeth J. Rieth.
Bridge Powerpoint
Building Bridges
Jen Thomas jthomas@westervillelibrary.org

Robin Gibson
Opening Song: Energy song
Talk about patterns in this song how the chorus repeats

Book: Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Activity: Movement patterns: have shapes in tape on floor, have them follow pattern (x= jumping jack , __ = hop, etc.)

Song: Toe, Leg, Knee, by Jim Gill

Book: Pattern Fish, by Trudy Harris
-Make some pattern fish examples. Ask what comes next?

Activity: Clapping patterns: clap a pattern & have them repeat it (do w/drums? Or with the big drum, let them take turns?)
Pattern Activities
Creating Patterns, using colors, sounds, shapes, and movement
Thank you!
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