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.|