Andrea Beaty, author of "Iggy Peck, Architect", "Rosie Revere, Engineer", and "Ada Twist, Scientist" (along with others) has written these great STEM books that I believe will inspire many kids (and adults)! This particular book is about a boy named "Iggy Peck" who loves constructing things out of all sorts of weird materials like diapers. His parents are weary and his teacher HATES architects, so Iggy feels defeated. But on a class trip, the whole class gets stuck on an island and can't get to the other side because the bridge had collapsed, so Iggy, with the help of his classmates, builds a bridge to save the day.
I would 100% use this in class for different types of math lessons! Here are some ideas:
1. Have the students go home and measure a room of their house (with the help of an adult). If they don't have a measuring tape at their house, you can let them measure the classroom instead.
2. Let the students design their dream house on graph paper. This could work on shapes, dimensions, length/width, measuring, and working with scale.
3. Have the students use Legos to design a bridge, house, or other structure.
ATOS Reading Level: 4.1
Lexile: AD 850L