Recent standards-based reforms call for the use of a variety of informational texts at the elementary level. Informational texts are essential for implementing integrated problem-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in elementary classrooms. Additionally, integrated STEM projects support the use of informational texts as students conduct research, design solutions, and communicate their results, thereby providing real-world applications of informational text. Elementary teachers need encouragement and support in order to increase the use of informational texts that assist in implementing effective STEM lessons. The authors provide strategies for melding informational texts with problem- and project-based learning in STEM.
Daugherty, Michael K.; Kindall, Heather D.; Carter, Vinson; Swagerty, Lindsey M.; Wissehr, Cathy; and Robertson, Sarah
"Integrating Informational Text and STEM: An Innovative and Necessary Curricular Approach,"
Journal of STEM Teacher Education: Vol. 52
, Article 4.
Available at: http://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/jste/vol52/iss1/4