Language and Literacy in Inquiry-Based Science Classrooms, Grades 3-8
- Zhihui Fang - University of Florida, USA
- Linda L. Lamme - University of Florida, USA
- Rose M. Pringle - University of Florida, USA
Foreword by Sandra K. Abell
English/Language Arts (Middle/High School) | Learning Styles | Science
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.
"This is a much-needed addition to the science teacher’s library. Our students’ inability to comprehend the written word in science text is the single biggest hindrance to their continuing in their studies, and thus the primary reason we often lose them after elementary school."
"This book addresses an issue that is like an elephant in the room. Everyone knows that reading is an issue in science, but ultimately no one is teaching students to read science."
"Finally, a book that not only provides sound research, but also offers practical, ready-to-use reading and vocabulary strategies to connect reading and science!"
"Reading and writing can no longer be optional extras in the science classroom. This work shows how the demands of reading scientific texts differ from those of reading literary texts, clarifies the features of scientific text that must be learned so that it's readable, and describes the tools teachers need to teach reading in science."
"This must-read book sets the standard for teaching reading comprehension with expository text! I have already implemented some of the activities mentioned with great success."
"This book embeds literacy tasks into science inquiry to enhance the functionality of instruction, support the construction of understanding, and develop a fundamental sense of science literacy. This results in fuller participation in the public debate about issues of science, technology, society and environment, which in turn leads to informed decisions and sustainable actions."
"My first thoughts were, 'I’m not one of those teachers who teaches science by reading out of the book.' Sneaking the strategies in Language and Literacy in the Inquiry Based Science Classrooms, Grades 3-8 convinced me that students could learn science and improve their literacy skills without taking away from my curriculum. The methods and ideas in this book are useful, non-threatening and helped me apply language practices that enhance science."
When comparing books, I preferred the resources in the Constructivist Science Book for beginning preservice teachers. The other book reads in an easier format for my students and has more relevant information given their new enrollment within our program.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Teaching Science as Inquiry