Making Lit Fit into STEM
Presenter: Kristina Dobberstein
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Session Description: 
Are you looking for ways to get your students excited about STEM? Do you love read alouds? Would you like some ideas on how you can connect your read alouds to STEM challenges? This session will pair great read aloud books with fantastic STEM challenges you can do with your students. Not only will you be able to address common core standards for reading, but you will expose your students to STEM challenges that will allow them to practice the Engineering Design Process. Come and explore literature and STEM.
Presenter Bio:
Kristina Dobberstein is a first-grade teacher at Brookville Elementary and has been teaching for the past 14 years. She received her B.S. in Education from Miami University and later went back to get her Masters through the Project Dragonfly Graduate Program. There she was able to obtain firsthand experience with inquiry-driven education and environmental stewardship. Kristina is a compassionate supporter of the environment and is dedicated to informing others on what they can do to help. She is a co-advisor of an after school ecology club that meets with third grade students. In addition to her conservation efforts, she strives to get her students outdoors in nature as much as possible. Kristina also has a great love of books that she shares with her students every day. Whether it is journeying with Jack and Annie on another Magic Tree House adventure or diving into a great nonfiction text, Kristina is constantly on the look out for new books to read aloud to her students. Over the past two years, she had the wonderful opportunity to be a STEM Fellow and she is excited to use what she has learned to pair up great books with possible STEM activities.