Monday, September 9, 2013

Teaching Science with Kidlit: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

When I was in elementary school, we had to write a “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay at the beginning of each school year. And I hated it.

Summer was my secret time away from the hustle and bustle of school year activities. I spent hours wandering in the woods, making clothes for my Barbie dolls, and reading Encyclopedia Brown mysteries on the tiny porch attached to my bedroom.
Summer is still a special time for me. I usually spend July refueling from a school year filled with author visits and conference speaking. I do lots of writing. And I read and read.
This summer was a little different because I wasn’t writing for kids. I was writing for adults. Teachers to be exact.

Now that the final NGSS draft is available, I worked with my co-author, veteran teacher Nancy Chesley, on a pair of educational resources that bring together NGSS and CCSS using (what else?) children’s books. Over the last 3 years, this project has had more than its fair share of challenges, but I’m happy to report that we made good use of my quiet period and got lots of work done. Our own final draft is finally taking shape. Hooray!

The books still need to go through the editorial process, so they won’t be out for a while, but I know that educators are already starting to think about how to address the NGSS and—if possible—create lessons that also support the Common Core ELA standards.

So this year the Monday strand of this blog will offer book lists and teaching ideas that make it possible to integrate science and language arts with the new curriculum standards in mind.

Next week, I’ll start with the kindergarten standards and move up from there. It’s going to be a great year.

1 comment:

  1. Melissa, this will be such a fabulous resource! I can't wait to see your series. I hope to share it with my kids' teachers.