Now that many schools around the country have moved their start date to before Labor Day, this edition concentrates on August days. Designed for teachers and students, these activities will help you make and create wonderful classroom experiences. Using monthly themed events as a springboard and the maker movement for inspiration, students will build cross-curricular connections as they explore STEM – Science, Technology, Math and Engineering. Primarily aimed for students in grades three through grade eight, these engaging and innovative lessons and projects are easily adopted and adapted for learners of all ages. The projects and poetry lessons have been classroom tested and will provide enjoyable learning experiences in a variety of learning environments: home schooling; after-school programs; scouting; gifted and talented programs; extra-curricular clubs; adult ESL classes; and senior citizen activities. Inside this book you will find a jam-packed month of STEM lessons, projects and poetry to be used for Back to School and all through the year. Drawing on the inner poet in every child and the “let me do-it-myself” nature inherent in all learners, the activities and lessons will help your students earn an A for the Arts and will bring STEAM to your STEM initiatives. Your budding scientists, mathematicians and engineers will practice creative and inventive thinking skills as they develop throughout the year. These materials focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. You and your students will especially love the core poetry lessons. Students love poetry and learning about famous poets and their poems integrate easily with your STEM and common core focus. From our teaching experience, we have learned that some teachers are uncomfortable introducing how to write poetry. You will be amazed how easily these classroom-tested activities will assist young poets discover the joy of writing their own poetry. We hope that you have access to some classroom or school technology. As technology using educators, we know that technology enriches the classroom experience. For over thirty years, students and teachers have used technology tools to add exciting dimensions and high interest to classroom work. We have specifically designed these activities and projects to be enriched through the use of technology, however it is not a pre-requisite. Paper, pencils and other common classroom supplies will suffice. If you have access to a few computers and a printer, great, we believe strongly in using what you have. There is no need to go out and buy the latest and greatest.