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Not a Box: Read-Aloud STEM 10-Pack

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Bring K-2 literacy lessons to life using Carly & Adam’s Read-Aloud STEM kits.

By Educators for Educators
Developed in collaboration with Carly and Adam – an educator duo best known for their elementary read-aloud and STEM activities, STEM Teachers Club, and annual STEAM Teacher Summit – these Read-Aloud STEM 10-Packs are sure to create connections between reading and engineering for children and educators alike.

Storytelling + Creativity
Read-aloud STEM is an activity that begins with the literacy component: simply reading a story. That story captures students’ imaginations, which easily leads to opportunities for learning in STEM, design, and making. This package enables teachers, even those new to STEM concepts, to incorporate hands-on learning with ELA naturally. It’s great for any lower-elementary classroom, library, or after-school activity.

Not a Box
In Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, readers explore boxes, or rather not-a-boxes, along with the main character. A box is not always what it seems! Using this pack’s activity guide and materials, students are inspired to think outside the box as they complete a quick creativity challenge and two follow-up engineering challenges.

Each student receives an activity guide to read as well as to draw, write, and practice in. They can work together or individually to form their own not-a-boxes. Finally, they share their own stories, findings, or what they learned verbally or in writing.

Teacher Tips
Each pack also comes with one teacher guide to help guide educators through their first read-aloud STEM activity. It includes best practices, standard alignments to Common Core ELA and Math and NGSS, and tips for assessment. Pack is available with or without Not a Box book, just in case you have your own copy or can borrow it from your local library.


Type: Multi-Student Project Packs Grades: K-2



  • Students Served: 10
  • Author: Guides by Carly Speicher. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis.

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