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Connecting Science & Children’s Literature

Registration Fee: $249.00


Julie Gintzler and Steve Spangler share their enthusiasm, experience and creativity for making early childhood science fun, easy and totally engaging with this online course. It’s a unique kind of professional development that’s focused on making you the most effective teacher possible… and it’s delivered right to your door.

  1. No Travel Required!
  2. Access 5 hours of standards-related, hands-on science training
  3. Receive a $50 workshop kit sent to your home or school
  4. Go beyond cute ideas and dig deep into real strategies for connecting science with children’s literature
  5. Earn a certificate of completion and an option for university credit from Brandman University
  6. Explore fun and easy ways to get children excited about using science to explore their world

This is not your ordinary online course. From the moment the training starts, Julie Gintzler and Steve Spangler draw you in and make you a part of the learning process. You’ll quickly see why Julie and Steve are so passionate about helping you be the best teacher possible by creating learning connections that children remember.

The Spangler Science team has found a way to turn an online training into a totally interactive experience. That’s why we’re sending you a workshop kit filled with all of the hands-on materials you’ll need to conduct the activities as you watch and learn online. It’s the next best thing to attending a live training with two amazing education experts… without ever having to leave home.

Questions? Call 1-800-223-9080 or e-mail Carly Reed at [email protected]


Story Time Slime™ Online is more than just a collection of great hands-on activities, it’s a whole new way to teach science through the medium of children’s literature. Discover why SCIENCE is the great melting pot of each and every discipline you teach, especially reading. Because of Julie and Steve’s unique approach and classroom-tested methods, you’ll teach more science this year that you’ve ever taught before… guaranteed!


The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards were released in April 2013. Over the past few months, our team has been working feverishly to align the Story Time Slime curriculum with these newly released standards. In addition to the science standards, we know that many of you are looking for creative strategies for connecting more hands-on science with the Common Core reading, writing and math objectives. That’s why we are very excited to share these integration strategies and creative methods for making science even more fun and meaningful for your students in the coming years.

  • Participate in more than 20 ready-to-use science activities that are inquiry-based, standard-related, and kid-tested
  • Develop inquiry-based activities that strengthen critical thinking skills and challenge students to ask the important “Why?” questions
  • Use elements of the story line in popular pieces of children’s literature to teach and reinforce fundamental building blocks of your science curriculum
  • Discover ways to use attention-grabbing science experiments as daily writing prompts
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the real science behind all the fun activities
  • Learn how to become a more effective science teacher without spending more money
Questions? Call 1-800-223-9080 or e-mail Carly Reed at [email protected]

Join Julie Gintlzer and Steve Spangler for a hands-on training that will help you make meaningful connections between elements of the story in classic pieces of children’s literature to hands-on activities that open the door for exploration. This online training is designed with one guiding principle in mind… teachers learn best by doing! Julie’s approach to teaching children and teachers is the same – make it hands-on and get involved.

You’ll personally conduct more than 20 hands-on activities that are focused around the themes of air, water, color, weather, the five senses, push and pull, nutrition and every day observations. Each activity is easily related to the national standards and helps you teach the basic skills of science inquiry – to count, compare, classify, observe and measure (the C.C.C.O.M. approach). Julie and Steve deconstruct every experience to give you the strategies for presenting the literature in a way that provokes questions in the minds of the children, and then they teach you how to build the science connection that invites children to ask even more questions.

Julie Gintzler is an early childhood science specialist who combines her passion for teaching hands-on science with her love for great children’s literature to create incredible learning opportunities for children. Steve Spangler takes his 25 years of experience as a science teacher and draws on Julie’s vast knowledge of children’s literature to collectively create the perfect hands-on science activities that turn elements of the story into something real in the classroom. Best of all, Julie and Steve make the online learning experience totally fun and engaging. Be prepared to laugh a little and learn a lot.


The learning strategies are appropriate for the classroom teacher (Pre-K through 2nd grade), librarians, before and after school child care providers, enrichment specialists, Head Start educators or even a parent helper. But this is a must watch experience for any executive director or administrator who wants to better understand the proven strategies for building powerful connections between science and children’s literature. In other words, this online training is guaranteed to provide you with a whole new perspective on teaching science.

Questions? Call 1-800-223-9080 or e-mail Carly Reed at [email protected]


Note: You will receive your kit within 5-7 days of signing up!


Registering by credit card is the fast and easy way for you to get started on your online training. Your card will be charged when you register and a receipt will display for you to print. Don’t worry… we will also send you a receipt by email too!


Currently online registration must be done by credit card. If you are looking to pay by check or purchase order please call our office at 800-223-9080 or email [email protected].


We do offer group discounts if you have several people you would like to take the course. Call 800-223-9080 to get your group setup or send an email to [email protected].

The cost of the workshop is $249 per person.

Once registered you will receive access to our Virutal Science Workshop online with 5 hours of content. This workshop was designed to be hands on so you will receive a kit of materials that will help you follow along. We have also included a certificate which you will be able to print showing you completed 5 hours of course work.


This online experience is exactly what I needed to jump-start my way of thinking and to refresh my approach to making science fun. And I’ve been teaching early childhood for 19 years, but I’d also recommend this to a brand new teacher. What an amazing foundation to learn how to connect science and reading. – Kay Rellencort, Maryland

I’m starting to hear from parents whose children are students of some of the teachers who attended Story Time Slime. I’m so happy they are already implementing your program in our schools! One of the children belongs to our library director (which makes our department look so good). Now her daughter wants a science themed birthday party! – Amy Boling, Saint Charles Parish Library

Story Time Slime was so inspiring! I can’t wait to take these ideas back to my classroom. – First Grade Teacher, Lovejoy ISD

Julie’s love and energy for what she does, shows! Her enthusiasm is contagious! ~ Shirley, Minot Head Start

Julie exceeded our expectations! She did a fabulous job! All participants were actively engaged and would LOVE to have her come back! We thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and have incorporated the ideas into our classrooms! Thanks so much! – PreK Teacher, Bear River Head Start

My life is better for having met Julie and spent the day at her workshop. Not only is she a great presenter, but she’s just a terrific person. I hope our paths cross again! – PreK Teacher, Saint Charles Parish

Had a great time, inspiring, can’t wait to try some of these with my kids. – Cindy, Saint Charles Parish

In all my years of teaching, this is the best workshop I’ve ever attended. – Andrea, Tampa, FL

Without exemption, the teacher’s LOVED this workshop. Julie was well-prepared, energetic, humorous and knowledgable. – Kathy, Colorado Springs District 51

Julie was great! We can’t wait to have her back. She kept everyone’s interest and engaged in what she was doing. She did a fantastic job! – Jennifer, Osage Nation

I’m not a science person, but this was awesome. Julie was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. The literature connections were great. – Librarian, St. Charles Parish, LA

This was the best science workshop that we have ever been a part of. Sitting and watching without being able to use hands on gets boring after a while. It was fantastic that we were able to do the experiments ourselves. -Kim, Preschool Teacher

This was the best science workshop that we have ever been a part of. Sitting and watching without being able to use hands on gets boring after a while. It was fantastic that we were able to do the experiments ourselves. – Melissa, Preschool Teacher

Julie’s workshop was interesting and exciting! – Jennifer, Steven Austin State University

Julie is wonderful! I appreciated how every experiment tied in with an actual children’s book. I also appreciated that most materials are not very hard to obtain. – Lori, Preschool Teacher

Best session of the day! I am impressed and absolutely grateful for Ms Gintzler’s insight on the build up and creation of teaching material for making connections. – Ann, Workforce Solutions