U-STARS~PLUS

U-STARS~PLUS

U-STARS~PLUS is designed to support teachers in the early recognition and nurturing of potential in children from economically disadvantaged and/or culturally/linguistically different families, and in children with disabilities. The series includes an observation tool and protocol to help teachers recognize children with outstanding potential who have often been overlooked; Classroom materials for connecting science and texts (both fiction and nonfiction) through the use of questioning strategies that promote higher level thinking; family science take-home packets to help families become more involved in their child’s learning; and professional development modules to support teachers’ abilities to recognize and nurture potential in their classrooms.

Series information

U-STARS~PLUS Science & Literature Connections

Science & Literature Connections provides an engaging way to explore scientific ideas within literacy instruction time using 32 popular children's books. Most of the selected books are readily available and many of the books have been translated into Spanish. Science & Literature Connections is organized around Bloom's Taxonomy to support a range of thinking levels and to scaffold learning. By using these materials, a teacher can create a higher-level thinking environment around literature connected with science which motivates reluctant readers. The science concepts are based on the National Science Education Standards and align with most states' science standards. Science & Literature Connections was designed for Grades K-3, however many of the "connections" may be adapted for Grades 4-5.

U-STARS~PLUS Science & Nonfiction Connections

The newest addition to the U-STARS~PLUS product line, Science & Nonfiction Connections provides educators with a complementary companion to the popular Family Science Packets and Science & Literature Connections. This new book includes over 30 lesson plans aligned with both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, focusing on popular, current nonfiction science publications. Science & Nonfiction Connections belongs in every classroom where teachers seek to create exciting, science learning experiences that promote the connection between students' knowledge and new content. Teachers can use this book as a valuable literacy aid in building science vocabulary, while also providing enrichment for and recognizing the abilities of students from diverse backgrounds.

U-STARS~PLUS is designed to support teachers in the early recognition and nurturing of potential in children from economically disadvantaged and/or culturally/linguistically different families, and in children with disabilities. The series includes an observation tool and protocol to help teachers recognize children with outstanding potential who have often been overlooked; Classroom materials for connecting science and texts (both fiction and nonfiction) through the use of questioning strategies that promote higher level thinking; family science take-home packets to help families become more involved in their child’s learning; and professional development modules to support teachers’ abilities to recognize and nurture potential in their classrooms.