January STEM Read Alouds
What are you teaching your students during the month of January?
We love using read alouds and STEM activities to create a fun and engaging classroom. Students love the hands-on STEM challenges that incorporate, reading, writing, and making.
The following are our top 5 STEM read alouds and activities for January.
1.) Snowflake Bentley
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin follows the story of Wilson Bentley, a Vermont farmer who photographed the first snowflake in the late 1800s. During the course of his life, Bentley photographed over 5,000 snowflakes. Much of what we know today about the shapes and types of snowflakes is due to his photographs.
Bring STEM into your classroom this winter by having students learn about snowflake structures and build their own unique snowflakes out of toothpicks and marshmallows.
2.) Tacky the Penguin
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester is the story of a penguin named Tacky who doesn’t fit in with the rest of the penguins. Tacky is an odd bird, but his unique traits come in handy when hunters come to town.
Integrate STEM and STEAM into this read-aloud by having students draw and disguise a penguin.
3. The Biggest Snowman Ever
The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll is about two mice who are trying to build the biggest snowman. At the end of the story, they work together to combine their snowmen to make the biggest snowman ever.
Invite students to use their creativity with a STEM project to build a snowman out of fake snow.
4.) The Mitten
In the The Mitten by Jan Brett, a group of animals use a lost mitten to keep warm. However, when the mitten is found by the owner, the animals end up losing their warm home.
Engage students in problem solving with this read-aloud by having them build a new winter habitat to fit all of the animals from the story.
5.) Owl Moon
Owl Moon By Jane Yolen, is the story of a little girl who goes owling with her father. As they walk along, the little girl notices some shadows. She notices that she has a short, round shadow, while her father has a long shadow.
Get students engaged in learning about shadows by completing a shadow investigation to discover why shadows are different sizes.
Seamlessly integrate hands-on STEM learning with these read-alouds using our January Read Aloud STEM Bundle. This resource includes all five read-aloud STEM activities bundled at a discount along with detailed teacher lesson plans and a student STEM journal.
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