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Smithsonian STEAM Collection: The Natural World

How do scientists study the Milky Way galaxy? How are meteorologists able to predict the weather? Created in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, this 9-book set devoted to the natural world builds students' literacy skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, and innovation.

The hands-on STEAM challenges are ideal for makerspace activities and guide students through each stage of the engineering design process. The real-world examples give students insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems.

Each book highlights every component of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Students will make STEAM career connections through career advice from Smithsonian employees. With dynamic images and intriguing text features to enhance the reading experience, this set will engage students' minds and imaginations!

Titles in this set include:

  • Predicting Earthquakes
  • Mapping the Milky Way
  • Blue Crab Comeback
  • Exploring Volcanic Activity
  • Tracking a Storm
  • The Science of Waves and Surfboards
  • Guided by Stars
  • Plant Invaders
  • Making an Ocean Ecosystem

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Reading Level

Interest Level

Reading Levels 3, 4,5

Grades 3-5

Subject/Genre: STEAM


Recommended Ages: 9–12

Pages: 32 pp., 7 x 9, softcover


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Smithsonian STEAM - The Natural World: 9 books


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