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Literacy Strategies in the Science Classroom

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Here is a collection of strategies to enhance literacy skills in the science classroom.

Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Creative Writing in Science Class. Chemistry Journal Writing Prompts (Senior, Science) Science Journal – High School Chemistry Class Research shows that writing-to-learn can be effective in any classroom, and particularly in a science classroom.

Chemistry Journal Writing Prompts (Senior, Science)

Writing encourages students to think about what they know and don’t know, and can help them to reflect on how they learn best. In addition, when students see writing in all classes, and not just English classes, their overall ability to write will improve. The following writing prompts are intended for use in a high school general science classroom. They can be used throughout the year, although some prompts are more specific to a particular unit.Sample Journal Prompts for a High School Chemistry ClassBeginning of the year• Make a list of things that you wonder about. High School - Visual Writing Prompts. McClellan et al, Writing Science in Hard Times. Home Journals Across the Disciplines McClellan et al, Writing Science in Hard Times Writing Across the Secondary School Curriculum.

McClellan et al, Writing Science in Hard Times

Common Core Standards: Writing in Science. The common core standards include a writing component for all educators of all grades, which can cause some mild anxiety among teachers who do not generally include writing as part of their instruction.

Common Core Standards: Writing in Science

According to the common core standards: For students, writing is a key means of asserting and defending claims, showing what they know about a subject, and conveying what they have experienced, imagined, thought, and felt. To be college- and career- ready writers, students must take task, purpose, and audience into careful consideration, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately.

PB311Xweb. Here are great high school chemistry writing prompts for the start of school and throughout the year. Title – Chemistry Journal Prompts By – Sarah Knoke Primary Subject – Science Secondary Subjects – Language Arts Grade Level – 10-12.

Here are great high school chemistry writing prompts for the start of school and throughout the year

Writing in Science. S: Study the problem.

Writing in Science

("S" the problem.) The first step is to highlight the question. O: Organize the facts. ("O" the problem.) You must always "S" the problem first, then you may organize the facts about the problem. SOLVE problem for 6th grade lesson on density. Middle School Math and Science. As a middle school mathematics teacher, you probably feel like you don’t have enough time to teach all of your content within the course of a school year.

Middle School Math and Science

Why on earth would you ever want to add more material in the form of trade books when you can’t seem to finish your assigned textbook? Turns out that making time to incorporate children’s literature in your classroom can led to rich results. One of the most immediate benefits of using trade books is increasing student engagement. High quality trade books are written as to spark interest and create a desire to read.

Many contain colorful, interesting illustrations, photographs, and diagrams, all of which draw students into the text and improve comprehension. A good read. HartY0812. Teaching Science: CCSS For Literacy In Science Classroom. The New Science Literacy by Bennett Daviss, Marlene Thier. Science and Literacy: Close Reading, CWA & more! - Boston Public Schools Science Department. NSTA Learning Center. Common Core Tips - Literacy in Science. In the last article, Dissecting Science Literacy Standards, we focused on common core standard 1, citing specific evidence within technical texts, which including some strategies for making documents in your curriculum align to this goal.

Common Core Tips - Literacy in Science

This article is going to focus on standard 2, which states “Determine the central ideas or conclusion of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms” Let’s break this down into what is really expected of students. Based on this standard, students should be able to: 1. determine the central ideas of a text 2. summarize complex concepts, processes, or information in a text 3. paraphrase text. Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom [ACTIVITY] Posted by Bill Ferriter on Monday, 05/20/2013 I don't have a ton of time to write today -- I've spent the past week teaching and learning alongside of some really progressive thinkers in Australia -- so I figured I'd share a few handouts that I've been using in class this year to teach nonfiction reading skills in my sixth grade science classroom.

Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom [ACTIVITY]

Each lesson is tied directly to a standard in the Common Core Literacy in History, Science and Technical Subjects curriculum -- and each lesson is designed to be used in tandem with a current event connected to the concepts that our students study. If you like the lessons, all you'll need to do is find a current event to teach them with! Hope they help someone: Active Reading Behaviors Handout, Active Reading Behaviors One of the reading strategies that we will introduce to students is the notion of making "active reading comments" while reading. Literacy Strategies for the Science Classroom. Note: see the attached "Resources.pdf" document for all materials referenced on this page.

Literacy Strategies for the Science Classroom

Vocabulary Strategies KIM Vocabulary Chart The KIM vocabulary chart is simple to use and can be done as a student handout or students can set up pages in their notebook for this strategy. The strategy is based upon a 3 column graphic organizer. Students write the key term (K) in the left column, information (I) about that term in the middle column, and provide a memory clue (M) in the form of a drawing in the last column. Frayer Circles.

Educational Leadership:What Students Need to Learn:Teaching Science Literacy. Jacqueline, a 12th grader, is purchasing her first car and feels torn as she balances conflicting desires and messages.

Educational Leadership:What Students Need to Learn:Teaching Science Literacy

She yearns to be seated behind the wheel of a stylish vehicle, a yearning fueled by advertisements portraying women in luxurious cars. She's also confronted by billboard messages that claim "best fuel economy for your money! " and "great for the environment! " With her modest budget, Jacqueline knows she must consider the cost of routine maintenance and gas. She also cares about how the fuel emissions of different brands of cars will affect air quality and the environment. Every day, the need to make decisions related to science confronts young people.

Scanning articles in Consumer Reports, Jacqueline notes columns of data comparing average miles per gallon on the freeway, safety testing data, and carbon fuel emissions ratings of the three car models she's considering. How to Teach High School Science: When Did I become a Reading Teacher. When Did I become a Reading Teacher Judy Jones When I first began to teach biology, it was because I loved the subject. I have always been fascinated by the discoveries in the biological sciences and the elegant intricacies of the processes that are being uncovered.

I wanted to share these wonders with my own students. I just assumed that they could easily be lured into the excitement of the biological world. I was so wrong – at many levels. One of the most important things I have discovered is that many of my students do not know how to read and process a science text (or any text, for that matter).

The link below will take you to a Carnegie Report on Literacy at the middle and high school levels. Literacy in Science. Overview: Science and literacy learning make a dynamic duo, the perfect tag-team. Inquiry-based science requires students use the tools of science to seek answers to their questions about real world phenomena. Students compare their thinking, communicate with each other, and express their ideas through words and graphics. Integrating literacy.