International Literacy Day – September 8th

International Literacy Day is a day focused on awareness of the many people around the world who are unable to read and write.  

“Not only is literacy a basic human right, it is a fundamental building block for learning as well as a personal empowerment tool. It is the catalyst for social and global progress.”

If you are reading this, you already experience the freedom and potential that literacy embodies. But how should you make the most of this one day of awareness? You guessed it—bring on some STEM!

What does reading and writing have to do with STEM? EVERYTHING!!! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are fields that are entwined with language arts. STEM, at its core, would be useless without the ability to communicate the discoveries and innovation. Writing started by early humans creating pictures to illustrate and share their thoughts. In the same way, we still use drawings through the engineering design process to create images of new ideas and objects, then describe them with words.

This International Literacy Day, challenge your students and introduce them to STEM with these critical thinking mini-challenges.

This packet includes four critical thinking challenges centered on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). These activities expose students to the real world of science and engineering with challenges like "Think Like an Engineer" or "Science in the News." Activities challenge students to explore and broaden their understanding of the world around us. 

These activities can be used for an in-class warm-up or an extension homework assignment. These prompts can also provide the basis for descriptive writing, journaling, or the foundation to a STEM project.

Exercise those literate minds and get them motivated to explore the world of STEM! For more STEM lessons, activities, and challenges, head on over to our TpT shop.

If you would like more information on International Literacy Day and how you can be more involved, visit Here you can learn more about world literacy, donate to The World Literacy Foundation, or get help with ideas to host your own International Literacy Day event.

Please come back and let us know how you plan to spend/spent your International Literacy Day (Tuesday, September 8th)!