10 Free Ways to Add STEM Concepts to Storytime

If you feel a little intimidated by math and science, incorporating STEM concepts into storytimes could help both your staff and a child's caregiver see how science, technology, engineering, and math are a part of daily life.

In the article 10 Tips for Adding STEM Concepts to Storytime, authors Saroj Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz write:

We believe that every storytime theme has a math and/or science strand in it. By highlighting and playing with those concepts, we are enriching children’s storytime experiences.
This approach, rather than a more staff-intensive, occasional program, is sustainable and enables all children to learn about math and science as long as they can, at a minimum, go to storytime, thus reaching the largest number of children.
For example, a storytime book such as The Napping House (HBG, 1983) by Audrey Wood offers opportunities to talk about any number of concepts of science and math, such as the weather we see out the window, the rainbow, weight, sequence, measurement and comparison, and prediction by observing the animals in the pictures.

Here are snippets from 3 of the 10 concepts mentioned in the article:

  1. Include matching activities. They support math concepts of categorizing and grouping ...
  2. Go beyond mere counting. Parents and caregivers often reduce math thinking to counting. You can expand on this by talking about other concepts including patterns ...
  3. Use science or math words using phrase such as “What do you think will happen next?” or “What do you predict will happen?”

Read 10 Tips for Adding STEM Concepts to Storytime for ideas on how you can make STEM a part of storytimes at your library.

Hat tip to Resources for STEM/STEAM Projects and Programs at WebJunction
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