WHAT ARE SSS?
•Engaging short stories that teach or reinforce major science concepts and can be modified to include the names of specific students in a class.
•Based on National Science Standards and Common Core Literacy Standards.
•Easy, ready-to-use, inexpensive, student-centered and fun.
WHY ARE THEY EFFECTIVE?
•As creative stories, students find them more read-able and more interesting than non-fiction.
•Students are more engaged when they read their own names or those of students in their class.
•Stories specifically focus on essential science concepts.
•Stories and follow-up activities emphasize higher-level, critical thinking skills.
•Can serve as both formative and summative assessments.
•Incorporate humor and items of natural interest to middle school students.
HOW DO TEACHERS USESSS ?
•Purchase on www.teacherspayteachers.com either individually, or as a set.
•Stories are ready-to-use as is, or
•Optional: As WORD documents, teachers can globally substitute the names used in the story with the names of actual students in their class.
•Can be used for large group, small group, individual classwork, or as homework reinforcement.
•To teach or reinforce specific concepts, or as assessments.
•Can be a resource for teaching and encouraging writing skills in science class and across the curriculum.
•To engage students in respectful, substantive discussion of essential science concepts.