Encouraging a Love of Science
Through Picture Books and Literacy
June 21, 2022
Our students are naturally inquisitive, budding scientists, as they explore the world around them every day. These students are asking questions, making observations, experimenting and sharing their thoughts with others using their literacy skills. As classroom teachers, we can create meaningful cross-curricular learning experiences that foster both students' love of science and literacy by infusing science into our literacy blocks using picture book read alouds.
Nicole Mashock has many years of experience developing students’ love of STEM and literacy to see themselves as scientists, writers, and readers. During this session, Nicole will provide teachers with an understanding of why we use picture book read alouds to increase STEM understanding, how to select books that meet science and literacy standards that need to be addressed and are representative of all people, and strategies to use to extend student learning with inquiry ideas and explorations.
In this session, participants will learn about why we use picture book read alouds to increase STEM understanding, how to select books and align them with standards and strategies that need be addressed in science and literacy, as well as looking at representation of the texts you choose, and strategies to use and extend student student learning with inquiry ideas and explorations.
Nicole Mashock has 17 years of experience in public education in which she has enjoyed working as a middle school Business Education Teacher, an instructional technology coach, and a founder and teacher at a 6-12, STEM project based learning charter school. Currently, she is a 6-12 Instructional Coach for the Winneconne Community School District located in Wisconsin.
Nicole is an instructional leader who focuses on meeting the diverse needs of all learners. Through professional learning workshops in multiple areas and individual and team coaching, she creates opportunities for others to learn about research based strategies and develop plans to use these practices in the classroom. Nicole has extensive experience in building community and relationships with students, developing student agency in the classroom, differentiation and social emotional learning, standards and target based grading, and literacy literacy practices. She is an innovative practitioner and learner who wants to support teachers in finding their unique strengths to