Skill Sharpeners: STEAM - Grade 4
Engage children in solving real-world problems with Skill Sharpeners: STEAM. STEAM is an approach to project-based learning that uses science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to engage children in empathizing, thinking critically, collaborating, and coming up with solutions to solve real-world problems.
Skill Sharpeners: STEAM is where creativity meets academics. Each unit includes a fun hands-on STEAM project that encourages children to enjoy the journey of creating and sharing his or her solution to help create a better world.
Skill Sharpeners: STEAM activity books for grade 4 are organized around 9 real-world topics related to the environment, the Earth, people and cultures, and social and emotional learning. Topics include themes such as:
Cultural Differences STEAM task: Design and make a board game that helps people learn about different cultures.
Raising Awareness STEAM task: Make a video to raise awareness about a charitable cause.
Empty Mall Space STEAM task: Create a proposal for how to use an abandoned mall space.
Food Insecurity STEAM task: Create a picture cookbook with nutritious recipes.
Access to Clean Water STEAM task: Make a model of a water well and a video explaining how a well could help more people to access clean water.
Each unit includes a grade-appropriate story or nonfiction reading article, a STEAM task to solve, and activities that provide an integrated approach to learning:
Science: important concepts and vocabulary related to the unit’s theme
Technology: models about how technology is applied in the real world
Engineering: examples of engineering solutions in the world
Art: creative solutions through art projects
Math: math operations to figure out solutions
Plus, each title includes a:
Career spotlight that highlights specific careers related to the topic
Supply list for each STEAM task
Bonus STEAM puzzle
Certificate of completion
Skill Sharpeners: STEAM creates entertaining and fun activities that get children thinking and learning without even realizing it.
Every Skill Sharpeners workbook now includes a free downloadable Teaching Guide! Skill Sharpeners: STEAM Teaching Guides include:
How to Use directions for approaching STEAM education
Sample pacing guide to complete lessons and activities
Teaching suggestions with STEAM rubric and graphic organizers
Extension activities that include literature suggestions, virtual field trips, and discussion guides to deepen children’s connections and understanding
Science, technology, engineering, ART and math activities you can easily work into your school week to encourage creative, critical thinking and problem solving. Students are presented with age appropriate, real-world problems to solve. Topics may include: world water supply, homeless animals, bullying, germs, playgrounds for all, wildfires, clutter and loads more. Each book has 9 units, with clear instructions and an answer key in the back. NOT reproducible. 144 pages. ~Sara