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STC Literacy Series™: Motion and Design

$133.95 - $349.99

Grades 3–5. Do you know how birds fly? Or how the work of scientists and inventors has led to changes in how people move from place to place? Understand how design and technology work together to create complex machines and objects efficiently in Motion and Design, part of the STC Literacy Series™. Students will study the design of organisms found in nature as well as manmade objects used in our everyday lives.


Explain to young students how the physics of forces and motion influences technological design.

Grades 3–5. In Motion and Design, children learn how design helps organisms function in the wild, and how scientists and inventors develop and refine the design of devices we use every day. In the first section of the book, students learn how birds and insects fly, and how creatures as different as flying squirrels and dolphins have unique features that help them move swiftly and efficiently in search of food and safety. There are also stories on how scientists and inventors–from the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci to the technological spoofs of Rube Goldberg–have developed an array of machines to help us move around on Earth and in space.

Developed to enhance the teaching of the Science and Technology Concepts™ (STC™) unit, the STC Literacy Series™ Motion and Design reader supports inquiry-based science lessons with engaging informational text. The content gives students a natural transition from hands-on investigations, builds background knowledge to reinforce conceptual learning, and lets students apply relevant nonfiction to their own real-world experiences. Questions provided throughout the book encourage critical thinking and allow children to be actively involved in their learning.

Educational studies show that children are more likely to engage in a reading exercise when the literature is related to a recent hands-on activity. This is exactly how the STC Program™ works. Included in every STC-Elementary™ kit, the STC Literacy Series™ helps improve reading comprehension, and supports the following Common Core Standards:

  • RI.1-3
  • RI.4-6
  • RI.7-9

Motion and Design paper version (item #973096) comes as a pack of 8 readers. Motion and Design electronic version (item #973096E32) allows 32 students per year to have access to the text for 60 months.




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