A Picture Book is Worth a Thousand STEM Concepts (Grades K-2)

Can students in grades K-2 learn about the interdependence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics all within the context of an engaging, fictional story? Yes! This workshop will model reading comprehension and writing strategies while teaching STEM content. Each roundtable session will be focused on a lesson study, including what participating teachers bring from their own instruction.


Learn how carefully selected fiction and non-fiction picture books can:


  • Set the stage for science learning.

  • Lead to investigations and real-world problem-solving opportunities.

  • Explain science and engineering concepts.

  • Build reading, writing and vocabulary skills.


You will also have an opportunity to integrate lesson resources into your units of study, science kits, ELA and math curricula as you align them to meet the NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards (2016).

Session Dates:

November 7, 2018

January 10, 2019

February 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

March 20, 2019



8:15-10:15 a.m.


UAlbany Health Sciences Campus, Room A407


CTLE Credit:

10 hours


Betsy Smith, CASDA Faculty

Betsy is a professional developer who has served the field of education as an elementary teacher, ELA coordinator, principal and district leader.  She is an adjunct professor at UAlbany, School of Education, Leadership Program and her expertise includes strengthening the leadership capacity of teachers and principals, aligning curriculum to the New York State Learning Standards, and standards-based grading.

Agnes Zellin, CASDA Faculty

Agnes is a National Board Certified elementary teacher. She served as a district elementary science coordinator, developed field-based science programs and classroom STEM projects, and is a teacher consultant with the Capital District Writing Project. 

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