4-H STEM Reading Connections Archive

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2021 Summer Reading Program  Tales of Tails

Unearth the Amazing World of Animal Habitats

Children are naturally curious about nature and science. Discover how you can foster an appreciation for animals and their homes. The following books have been selected and paired with activities that provide opportunities for exploration and play to inspire creativity and wonder.

Cactus Hotel Book Cover

Cactus Hotel

Desert

STEM Challenge: How does a cactus conserve water?

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Imagination Guide

Big Red Barn Book Cover

Big Red Barn

Farm

STEM Challenge: What is the best barn design?

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Imagination Guide

Owl Babies Book Cover

Owl Babies

Forest

STEM Challenge: How can you construct a bird nest?

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Imagination Guide

Not Norman Book Cover

Not Norman

House Pets

STEM Challenge: How can you design a safe and sturdy pet carrier?

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Imagination Guide

Hello Ocean Book Cover

Hello Ocean

Ocean

STEM Challenge: What is the best way to clean up an oil spill?

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Imagination Guide

I Don’t Want To Be a Frog Book Cover

I Don’t Want To Be a Frog

Pond

STEM Challenge: How can you use static electricity to make frogs jump?

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Imagination Guide

The Great Kapok Tree Book Cover

The Great Kapok Tree

Rainforest

STEM Challenge: How do leaves breathe?

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Imagination Guide

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? Book Cover

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

Tundra

STEM Challenge: How do arctic animals stay warm?

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Imagination Guide

2020 Summer Reading Program  Imagine Your Story

Join us this summer exploring fairy tales.

Fairy tales provide an excellent springboard that encourages children to generate ideas and problem solve. The following books have been selected and paired with activities that can be adapted based children’s ages.

Aladdin Book Cover

Aladdin

STEM Challenge: Create your own magic carpet using the power of magnets.

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Cinderella Book Cover

Cinderella

STEM Challenge: Help Cinderella make it to the ball by creating a wind-powered coach.

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Goldilocks Book Cover

Goldilocks

STEM Challenge: Decide which materials are “just right” for you in this sensory experiment.

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Little Mermaid Book Cover

Little Mermaid

STEM Challenge: Examine the difference between salt and fresh water and why some items float and some sink.

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Three Billy Goats Gruff Book Cover

Three Billy Goats Gruff

STEM Challenge: Help the Three Billy Goats Gruff build a raft to float by the grumpy old troll.

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Three Little Pigs Book Cover

Three Little Pigs

STEM Challenge: Discover how weight affects how far and object will travel by huffing and puffing.

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Thumbelina Book Cover

Thumbelina

STEM Challenge: Incorporate art with science by painting with the green pigments from plant leaves.

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The Ugly Duckling Book Cover

Ugly Duckling

STEM Challenge: How quickly can your rubber duck make it to the finish line?

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4-H STEM Reading Connections Summer Presentations

This program is available to youth development and early childhood professionals, afterschool clubs, summer school and camps, libraries, and parents. Program staff will provide engaging learning opportunities to spark an interest in STEM concepts and skills.

We will adhere to a high-quality lesson plan that includes:

  • Introduction
  • Learning objectives
  • Opening questions
  • Activities
  • Physical fitness ideas
  • Material list
  • Book suggestions

Lesson plans are also adjusted to have early childhood components.

Watch Reading Connection Summer Presentation Videos

No endorsement of products or services by 4-H is intended or implied.

Want to request this program? Please contact us.

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Jackie Steffen Portrait

Jackie Steffen
Nebraska Extension in Cedar County
Early Childhood
jsteffen2@unl.edu

Sarah Roberts Portrait

Sarah Roberts
Nebraska Extension in Dixon County
Early Childhood
sarah.roberts@unl.edu