"Finally, a book with sound research and ready-to-use strategies to connect reading and science!"
—Jenny Sue Flannagan, Director, Martinson Center for Mathematics and Science, School of Education, Regent University
"This work shows how reading scientific texts differs from reading literary texts and describes the tools teachers need to teach reading in science."
—Stephen P. Norris, Canada Research Chair in Scientific Literacy, University of Alberta
"The authors address what few recognize—that reading is an issue in science, but ultimately no one is teaching students to read science."
—Sally Koczan, Science Teacher, Wydown Middle School, Clayton, MO
Boost students' understanding of science with literacy strategies!
Research has long supported the positive effects of integrating literacy practices into the science curriculum; now this helpful and timely resource offers science educators effective strategies that they can implement immediately. Teachers of students in Grades 3–8 will find innovative ideas—aligned with national science education standards—for incorporating language analysis and science literature into inquiry-based science classrooms. Included are activities as well as sample lessons to help students:
- Read and comprehend science texts
- Find related resources to explore particular interests
- Build their science vocabulary
- Write to learn science concepts
This volume is valuable for teachers, leaders of professional development workshops, institutes, topical seminars in science and literacy, science and reading methods courses, and study groups.
|Language and Literacy in Inquiry-Based Science|
|Overview of This Book|
|What Does It Take to Comprehend a Text?|
|Linguistic Challenges of Science Reading|
|Why Read Trade Books in Science?|
|Award-Winning Science Trade Books|
|Becoming Familiar With the Format of Science Trade Books|
|Using Trade Books to Empower Science Learning|
|Building a Language-Rich Science Curriculum|
|Developing Vocabulary Knowledge|
|Learning About Nouns|
|Reading Strategy Instruction and Text Comprehension|
|Reading Strategy Instruction in Action: A Vignette|
|Bootstrapping Comprehension: Activating and Integrating Prior Knowledge|
|Monitoring Comprehension: Promoting Thinking During Reading|
|Consolidating Comprehension: Organizing Information From Text|
|Principles and Practice of Reading Strategy Instruction in Science|
|Why Write in Science?|
|Learning to Write Scientifically|
|Writing to Learn in Science: An Instructional Framework|
|Implementing the Writing-to-Learn-Science Instructional Model|
|Classroom Activities That Promote Writing to Learn Science|