Join Seymour Simon, the acclaimed author of more than 250 science books for children, and Founder of StarWalk Kids Media, as he explores how the Common Core is bringing nonfiction into the spotlight, ways teachers can meaningfully integrate nonfiction across the curriculum, and how e-books are changing the way kids read and learn.
Teachers, Librarians, and School Media Specialists face increasing challenges as they seek to meet the new Common Core State Standards and instill 21st Century Skills in an era of deep cuts to many public school budgets. Children are digital natives who love gadgets and technology, and research shows that even reluctant readers are engaged by new reading devices.
In this WATcast, celebrated writer Seymour Simon talks about how educators can meet the standards’ requirements for more nonfiction reading, even in the youngest grades. He draws upon his 25-year teaching career to give teachers tips on using science books to capture children’s interest in the world around them, develop critical academic language vocabulary, and strengthen reading and writing skills across the curriculum. He suggests many excellent science and social studies books, available in both paper and electronic form, and written and illustrated by a wide range of authors.
Seymour Simon’s Biography:
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