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STEM Storytime – Spring Specials


: Early Years - Grade 3
March 21, 2024 - June 28, 2024
Kids listening to a story
Lexie and Lennie the squirrels

Join us for the STEM Storytime - Spring Specials!

For four weeks, we will host EXTRA sessions of our popular STEM Storytime series each week for Early Years to Grade 3. Join Lexie and Lenny to read a storybook and complete a hands-on STEM activity connected to the story.

STEM Storytime – Spring Specials are ideal for busy educators and caregivers, no matter what their learning environment looks like, and is intended for children in Early Years to Grade 3.

Activities are offered in English and French each week.

Free Materials for Educators working with Equity Deserving Youth

Materials are available to schools and educators across Canada, and special accommodations will be made for a number of schools in need. These schools will be provided with all the materials to participate in four weeks of activities, sent by mail at no cost! Any school in need is invited to apply during registration.  Each kit will also have a complementary copy of Living in a Warming World – a book about Canadian animals and climate change!

Be among the first to apply and get a bonus activity for your class! Up to 50 eligible groups will receive a class set of storybooks to keep the love of reading going!

English Sessions

Sign-up for all Thursday sessions at 11:00 am ET, beginning on March 21, 2024

Join us weekly from March 21st to April 11th for four great activities:

  1. Binary Bookmarks (March 21 at 11:00 am ET)

Join us in reading Rox’s Secret Code by Nathan Archambault and practice writing binary code by making your own binary bookmark!

Materials (for each youth):

  • Binary Bookmark template
  • Writing tool (e.g., pencil)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: colouring tools (e.g., markers, pencil crayons, etc.)
  1. Tangrams (March 28 at 11:00 am ET)

Join us in reading The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires and practice computational thinking skills, including debugging and creating algorithms, while solving a tangram puzzle.

Materials (for each youth):

  • Tangram template
  • Scissors
  • Optional: colouring tools (e.g., markers, pencil crayons, etc.)

3. Meet the Greenhouse Gases (April 4 at 11:00 am ET)

Join us in reading The Fog by Kyo Maclear, then build models of the two most common greenhouse gases and learn about their role in climate change and how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Materials (for each youth):

  • Meet the Greenhouse Gases template
  • 8 packing peanuts, Styrofoam balls or small balls of clay/playdough/foil – you will need something that can be attached together with toothpicks
  • 6 toothpicks
  • Markers

4. Buzzing Bees (April 11 at 11:00 am ET)

Join us in reading The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and explore what would happen if there were no bees. Then make a (thaumatrope) spinner to watch a bee help turn flowers into fruit and learn how each of us can BEE a friend to bees.

Materials (for each youth):

  • Buzzing Bees template
  • Scissors
  • 1-2 drinking straws
  • Tape
  • Colouring supplies (e.g., markers, pencil crayons, etc.)

Missed the start date? Don’t worry; you can sign up at anytime!

Activities are flexible and can be done from anywhere at any time by joining the live webinars or watching the session recordings. Recordings will be emailed to all registrants after each session. Zoom generated closed captioning will be provided for live and recorded webinars.

STEM Storytime – Spring Specials are also available in French! Learn more