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Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities


Pairing science and nature-themed books with hands-on science and outdoor activities can provide educators with fun and easy ways to engage curious learners in school-day enrichment activities, in afterschool programs, and in family/school programs. This webinar will introduce librarians to freely available lessons as well as multimedia resources related to birds and nature that are designed to help build learners’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) skills and content knowledge. From the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds (the world's premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs) to K-8 book guides and free lesson plans, to free Apps and online interactives—there will be something for all levels, including those unfamiliar with science and outdoor learning.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three resources that they can use to help the learners they work with to think critically and gain STEM knowledge and skills.
  2. Describe how to access Cornell Lab book guides and utilize Cornell Lab multimedia resources to engage young learners.

  3. Describe best practices for engaging diverse learners in science learning through narrative nonfiction books and outdoor/hands-on activities.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/sci-lit

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Online webinar
Alaska State Library ~Statewide
  Focus: School Libraries  

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