Introducing Engineering Design with Picture Books

I have discovered that picture books are a great way to introduce students (and adults) to Engineering Design in the Next Generation Science Standards. I picked a few of my favorite picture books, assigned each a grade level and created a lesson guide for teachers.

Each of the teacher guides below provides a Common Core ELA close reading lesson using a specific picture book. The picture books and teacher guides also provide opportunities to introduce students to the Engineering Design Process in the Next Generation Science Standards. Each book has a focus- and may only target a part of the engineering design process in NGSS. For example, If I Built a Car tends to focus on Optimizing Solutions.

Click the teacher guide link to download a MS Word document of the guide and if you need a copy of the book (these are all excellent books by the way) I’ve embedded a link to Amazon for each.

These literacy guides are a great way to introduce engineering to students (and teachers).

Grade Picture Book (Amazon Link) Teacher Guide Link
Pre- K Stuck by Oliver Jeffers Stuck TG
K Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem by Chris Monroe Monkey TG
1 If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen If I Built a Car TG
2 If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen If I Built a House TG
3 Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri Those Darn Squirrels TG
4 Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty Rosie Revere Eng TG
5 Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming Papa’s Mechanical Fish TG
ALL Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh and Melissa Sweet Many of the above guides refer to readings from this informational text. An excellent book.

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