Story Time STEAM – An example written and read in English

Story time can include rich opportunities to explore math and literacy concepts with young learners!

Get ready for some STEAM!

Story Time STEAM, a community-driven example of the ideas explored in the Story Time STEM project, is a hands-on example of the many ways librarians are using story time to engage children in foundational Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) concepts.

Join Jamie as she uses some of the concepts and resources provided in Module 1 of the Story Time STEM project. The video and guide below will model the use of these tools during Jamie’s library story time.


Materials Jamie uses

In this example, Jamie will read excerpts from two books written in the English language, The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires, and Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall.

To add even more action and opportunity for STEAM engagement to the book readings, Jamie has also selected some music and a hands-on activity to talk about and practice early STEM and literacy skills. If you’d like to replicate Jamie’s Story Time STEAM practice, you’ll need the following additional materials: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Five Green and Speckled Frogs, and a Felt Board. Using additional materials can also offer educators, librarians, and families even more opportunities to incorporate culturally-relevant source material to the discussion. Consider using books written in other languages or songs and hands-on activities from other cultures when planning your own reading time!

Download the Guide

Want some help planning for a story time of your own? Download the guide to Jamie’s video for a full list of concepts, resources, tips, and more!

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