Meg Gaertner, Focus Readers Editor
Getting students excited about STEM topics is crucial if we hope to educate the leaders and problem solvers of tomorrow. And there is plenty to be excited about—technological advances in fields such as biomedical engineering are directly improving people’s lives. But finding a way to incorporate these topics into the curriculum can be challenging. The Engineering the Human Body series gives teachers a way to do just that.
With a reading level of grades 3–4 and an interest level of grades 4–7, each book in the series takes a complex biomedical technology and makes it easy to understand. Through engaging text and compelling examples, each book describes how and why the technology was developed, how it is used today, and how the technology might be advanced further in the future.
Each book comes with a lesson plan that develops language arts skills and aligns with Common Core standards, so that teachers can teach these dynamic topics in the classroom. For example, students use context clues to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words, evaluate the similarities and differences between texts, and articulate the relationships between key concepts. At the same time, they learn about the fascinating fields of stem cell research, exoskeleton development, and extra-sense technology. STEM topics have never been so easy, and fun, to teach.