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New Science Literacy: Using Language Skills to Help Students Learn Science / Edition 1
     

New Science Literacy: Using Language Skills to Help Students Learn Science / Edition 1

by Bennett Daviss, Marlene Thier, Harold Pratt
 

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ISBN-10: 0325004595

ISBN-13: 9780325004594

Pub. Date: 03/11/2002

Publisher: Heinemann

Whether you're a teacher new to science or a veteran teacher of science, here's a powerful new tool for teaching the subject through language literacy. This book explains how-how instructional synergy and power result from combining the two subjects. And it shows how-how teachers can use practical classroom techniques for combining these subjects at

Overview

Whether you're a teacher new to science or a veteran teacher of science, here's a powerful new tool for teaching the subject through language literacy. This book explains how-how instructional synergy and power result from combining the two subjects. And it shows how-how teachers can use practical classroom techniques for combining these subjects at different grade levels, from elementary to high school.

Unlike other books that concentrate on reading and writing, this book defines "literacy in science" as more encompassing: it includes speaking, listening, and media analysis. In chapters devoted to each of these literacy skills, authors Marlene Thier and Bennett Daviss detail specific metacognitive techniques that teachers can use to coach students to become independent learners. By combining science, language, and guided inquiry, teachers can empower students to think and express themselves about science more effectively, improving their learning and retention. To this end, the authors provide lists of explicit performance expectations in each of the five areas of literacy for learning science. Reproducible pages including these performance expectations, graphics, and other metacognitive aids can be used by teachers and students alike to guide and assess growth in the use of language through science activities.

In addition to helping teachers in their daily teaching practices, The New Science Literacy addresses more widespread concerns among today's science educators, including the needs

  • to reassert the rightful place of science in a basic curriculum
  • to strengthen teaching skills and strategies among elementary educators unsure of science content and/or the teaching of language skills
  • to help middle- and high-school science teachers raise student achievements in science by using language as an essential element of their science programs
  • to enhance the movements for accountability, standards, and educational improvement.

    As Harold Pratt, President of the National Science Teachers Association, confirms, this book "places the development of language literacy in the context of inquiry-based, activity-oriented science instruction called for in the National Science Education Standards....[It] embraces the richness and usefulness of language as a germane aspect of students' science learning experiences."

    A companion website is available at: http://www.heinemann.com/thier

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780325004594
    Publisher:
    Heinemann
    Publication date:
    03/11/2002
    Edition description:
    New Edition
    Pages:
    216
    Product dimensions:
    6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
    Age Range:
    9 - 15 Years

    Table of Contents

    The New Science Literacy: What It Is and Why We Need It

    Merging Science and Language

    Activities That Merge Language and Science

    How to Implement the New Science Literacy in the Classroom

    Tools for the New Science Literacy: Performance Expectations, Student Metacognition Strategies, and Strategies for Explicit Teaching

    Reading: Paths to Better Comprehension

    Writing: Paths to Clear Expression

    Speaking and Listening: Paths to Clear Understanding

    Media Literacy: Paths to Awareness

    What the New Science Literacy Means in the Classroom and Beyond

    If You Teach from a Textbook

    Fusing Science and Literacy: Practical Steps to Implementation

    Making Parents a Vital Part of the New Science Literacy

    Building Bridges to Literacy in Your Science Program

    Appendixes:

    Performance Expectations, Student Metacognitive Strategies, and Strategies for Explicit Teaching

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