Bishop Hogan fourth graders combined reading and science during this lesson. At our recent Title I Family Night the students constructed their Kiwi Co Basketball Catapult as part of a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) learning. Successful readers make meaning of text by using their background knowledge, questioning, inferring, determining importance, visualizing, synthesizing, & monitoring for meaning. These same strategies are used when doing STEAM activities. To tie this hands-on activity to reading, we read the LLI Book, The Trebuchet. A trebuchet is a kind of catapult. In the book, Daniel has made a cool machine that flings balls a long way. Both the book and the basketball catapult gave us the question, where will the balls land that we fling with the catapult? The story also had us thinking about character traits in addition to getting a hands-on lesson to learn the definition of a catapult.