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Reading, Writing, and Inquiry in the Science Classroom, Grades 6-12
Strategies to Improve Content Learning

First Edition

Courses:
Science Methods

September 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin

"The strategies align with what our preservice and veteran teachers need to teach in today's classrooms. From newspapers, magazines, and research reports to adolescent trade books, the authors offer numerous strategies for supplementing science classes with various reading materials."
—Amy M. Rogers, Instructor of Education
Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

Combine literacy and inquiry-based instruction to advance student achievement in science!

Integrating reading and writing with inquiry in the science classroom can present a challenge for teachers who may not have a background in reading instruction and who may be concerned about how to strengthen students' literacy skills while effectively teaching science content.

In this timely resource, Kathleen Chamberlain and Christine Corby Crane demonstrate how nurturing strong communication skills can have a significant impact on student performance, and provide research-based strategies for successfully integrating literacy skills with science instruction. Packed with information about reading and writing pedagogy, science standards, adolescent and young adult literature, and lesson design, this book:

  • Addresses the relationship between reading and science education, including the use of textbooks and other materials
  • Offers methods for teaching writing in the science classroom
  • Highlights the role of technology in enhancing students' science knowledge
  • Includes sample lesson plans, graphic organizers, and templates suitable for any secondary science classroom, with modifications for students with special needs

The ultimate blend of theory and practice, Reading, Writing, and Inquiry in the Science Classroom, Grades 6–12 helps educators foster the skills to communicate science ideas and experiences and give students an academic advantage.


 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Constructing a Scientifically Literate Society
What Is Science?  
What Is Scientific Literacy?  
How Do We Reach Scientific Literacy?  
Classroom Strategies  
Questioning  
Inquiry Teaching Models  
5E Lesson Design  
Generative Learning Model  
Assessing Inquiry  
Standards  
Summary  
 
2. Textbooks in the Science Classroom
Quality and Appropriateness of Textbooks  
Readability of Texts  
Students’ Reading Abilities  
Matching Texts and Students  
Other Considerations for Textbook Evaluations  
Strategies for Using Textbook Materials  
Pre-Reading Activities  
Vocabulary Development  
Setting a Purpose for Reading  
During Reading  
Post-Reading Activities  
Summary  
 
3. Beyond the Textbook
Literature for Adolescents  
Genres of Trade Books  
Children’s Books  
Comic Books and Graphic Novels  
Poetry  
Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs  
Newspapers and Popular Magazines  
Book Talks  
Literature Circles  
Summary  
Books for Science  
Selected Trade Books Mentioned in This Chapter  
Web Sites Referenced  
 
4. Writing in Science
Why Writing?  
Types of Writing  
Informal Writing Tasks  
Formal Writing Tasks  
Formal Scientific Writing  
Formal Creative Writing Tasks  
Assessing Students’ Work  
Creating the Environment  
Summary  
 
5. Using Technology to Enhance Reading, Writing, and Inquiry
Why Use Technology?  
Getting Started  
Hypermedia  
Geocaching  
Using the Internet  
Webquests  
Streaming Video  
The Globe Program  
Project Feeder Watch  
Course Management Systems  
Other Equipment  
Digital Cameras  
Handheld Computers  
Data Analysis Programs  
Databases  
Spreadsheets  
Technology and Writing  
Inspiration  
Claymation  
Visual Communicator  
Evaluating Software Programs  
Challenges  
Summary  
Sources for Computer Programs Referenced in This Chapter  
Web Sites Referenced in This Chapter  
Additional Web Sites of Interest  
 
References
 
Index


“The strategies reflect what our preservice and veteran teachers need to teach in today’s classrooms. From newspapers, magazines, and research reports to adolescent trade books, the authors offer numerous strategies for supplementing science classes with various reading materials.”

Amy M. Rogers, Instructor of Education
Lycoming College

"Thoroughly addresses lesson planning, vocabulary development, graphic organizers, and meeting the needs of students in special education. This book is especially beneficial for new teachers who want to include reading and writing activities in their daily lesson planning in a science classroom."

Russell E. Eppinger, Principal
Middletown Area Middle School, PA
Key features
  • Includes sample lesson plans that are easily adaptable for any secondary science classroom.
  • Addresses NCLB legislation and national standards for science instruction.
  • Provides strategies for integrating literacy skills into a science curriculum. 
  • Addresses several major concerns of science teachers - textbook, vocabulary, writing
  • Offers suggestions and modifications for students with special needs.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Inquiry and Scientific Literacy


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