Teaching STEM and Common Core with Mentor Texts

Collaborative Lesson Plans, K–5

by Anastasia Suen and Shirley Duke


Books offer a natural entry to STEM subjects—and librarians know books.

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December 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 237
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Teaching Resources, K-12

Librarians can use this book to become leaders in their schools, collaborating with teachers to keep them abreast of resources that will facilitate the inclusion of STEM in the curriculum.

Teaching STEM and Common Core with Mentor Text explains the basics of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and shows how librarians can become a key component in STEM education, guiding teachers and sparking interest though the books and technology inherent in their curriculum. The volume offers 20 mentor texts, plus in-depth, collaborative lesson plans linked to the Common Core Standards for K–5 librarians. There are additional lessons for classroom teachers, as well as activities that can easily be done in the library or classroom. Each lesson includes mentor text information, an overview of the lesson, step-by-step lesson plans, assessment options, and extension activities. By implementing these lessons in the library, librarians will be able to cover multiple Common Core State Standards and science standards, and at the same time establish the library as a resource for teaching STEM subjects.


  • Offers five library lessons for each STEM subject based on a mentor text and a lesson for the collaborating teacher
  • Provides a booktalk to interest the students and a "Book Time" section that allows for reading all or parts of the book accompanied by a general discussion
  • Shows the range of grades for which each lesson is most suited and how it can be adapted
  • Includes a graphic organizer (GO Chart) with each lesson, as well as two options for assessing the lesson
Author Info

Anastasia Suen has taught grades ranging from kindergarten to college. A prolific author of over 150 books and founder of STEM Friday, she writes about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for children, teens, and adults. Her recent books include Online Privacy and the Law, Internship & Volunteer Opportunities for People Who Love All Things Digital, and The Fossil Hunt.

Shirley Duke has taught science for 25 years at the elementary and secondary levels and has written over 30 science books for children. Her most recent books include Seasons of the Grassland Biome. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in education from Austin College.



"This book is a practical resource for librarians and teachers to integrate Common Core and STEM into their instruction. . . . Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"This title, written by two teachers with knowledge and experience in teaching the science and technology in the classroom, provides librarians with the tools they need to guide teachers to the right books for their curriculum. . . . This work will give librarians a wide range of ideas in how they can assist teachers with covering multiple Common Core State Standards and science standards."ARBA

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