If you teach science at the elementary level, it is probably not the only subject you teach. You are expected to teach science according to science standards and to teach literacy skills according to English and language arts standards. Even if your science only specialist, you share in the responsibility of developing literacy in students. So, how can you do both?
The common core standards for English language arts and literacy also extend into several content areas including science. The beauty of Science A-Z is that you can teach both science and literacy at once. Suppose you need to teach about plants, in addition to leading hands on investigations, you want to teach literacy in a content area. You could use the leveled books and quick reads from a plants unit.
As students learn about scientific processes such as photosynthesis or pollination, they will also develop proficiency in reading informational texts and expand their mastery of domain-specific science vocabulary. Many of the ELA common core standards can be taught while using Science A-Z materials particularly in the field of informational text. Let’s take a look at a few examples.
With each Science A-Z unit, we offer a nonfiction book teacher’s guide. These lesson plans include a selected reading strategy such as connecting to prior knowledge or asking and answering questions. Each guide also includes a comprehension skill such as cause and effect, compare and contrast or main idea and details. Plus, you will find a wide range of discussion questions spanning all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy to develop students higher-order thinking skills. And we provide over 35 different graphic organizers to reinforce a wide range of reading skills and strategies.
Science A-Z has customizable lessons and informational texts in 4 scientific domains. Those are life science resources, earth and space science resources, physical science resources and process science resources. Life science resources teach students about the living world and how organisms interact with the other. Earth and space science resources teach about features, materials and processes on earth and in outer space. Physical science resources teach about nature and properties of energy, forces and matter. Process science resources teach about the tools and skills necessary to conduct investigations and find answers.
Do you have a subscription to Reading A-Z or Raz Kids? Each Science A-Z unit includes Learning A-Z connections. It lists resources from our sister websites including many fiction books to use in conjunction with the science unit.
Same as the other sister websites from Learning A-Z, Science A-Z won several awards such as Upper Elementary, Science Website from Eddie Award Winner in 2016, Best Early Elementary, Science Website from Bessie Award Winner in 2016 and Best Science Instructional Solution from Codie Award Finalist in 2016.
We want to help you blend science with literacy. We encourage you to consider how Science A-Z can help you teach both subjects at once. Kids love doing science. And they will also enjoy reading, writing, listening and speaking about science throughout the day.