Interdisciplinary Language Arts and Science Instruction in Elementary Classrooms: Applying Research to Practice

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This volume brings together evidence-based approaches to interdisciplinary language arts and science instruction. Firmly grounded in the research showing cognitive parallels between the two subjects, and reflecting the many recommendations in recent years for using interdisciplinary instruction at the elementary level, its goal is to help teachers effectively use this kind of instruction in elementary classrooms. The book is organized around three themes: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Science and Language Arts Instruction, The Influence of Interdisciplinary Science and Language Arts Instruction on Children's Learning, Research on Preparing Elementary Teachers to Use Interdisciplinary Science and Language Arts Instruction.

Each chapter summarizes the research on its focal topic. Examples of research applied to practice, and questions and prompts for discussion and reflection help readers apply what they are reading in their own classroom contexts. Teacher educators and prospective and practicing elementary teachers everywhere will benefit from this overview of current research and practice in interdisciplinary science and language arts instruction.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Science and Language Arts Instruction     1
Why Research on Interdisciplinary Language Arts and Science Instruction?   Valarie L. Akerson   Terrell A. Young     3
Interdisciplinary Teaching: History, Theory, and Interpretations   Janet C. Richards     15
A Sociocultural Perspective on Scientific Literacy and Learning Science   Troy D. Sadler     29
The Influence of Interdisciplinary Science and Language Arts Instruction on Children's Learning     47
Teachers' Use of Science Notebooks to Assess Understanding of Science Concepts   Judith A. Morrison     49
Using the THC Model of Science Investigation and Science Notebooking in Elementary and Middle-Level Science Classrooms   David T. Crowther   John R. Cannon     61
Children Publish in Science as a Way of Knowing   Deborah A. Powell   Roberta J. Aram     79
Preparing English Language Learners in the Science Classroom   David Crowther   Michael Robinson   Amy Edmundson   Alan Colburn     105
Inquiry Curriculum in the Primary Grades   Carole Gile     133
Research on Preparing Elementary Teachers to Use Interdisciplinary Science andLanguage Arts Instruction     157
Using a Literature-Based Text Cluster to Teach Science   William P. Bintz   Sara Delano Moore     159
Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Primary Grades: Freservice Teachers' Dilemmas and Achievements Connecting Science, the Arts, and Reading   Janet C. Richards   Kim T. Shea     173
Using Science Notebook Writing to Promote Preservice Teachers' Understanding of Formative Assessment   Judith A. Morrison     197
Using Critical Literacy in the Science Classroom   Ingrid Graves   Teddie Phillipson-Mower     217
CLASP: An Approach to Helping Teachers Interpret Children's Science Journaling   Susan J. Britsch   Daniel Philip Shepardson     237
Semiotics for Integrating Geosciences Into Literacy in Teacher Education   Lucia Y. Lu     263
Using Action Research Projects to Help Preservice Elementary Teachers Effectively Use Interdisciplinary Language Arts and Science Instruction   Valarie L. Akerson     279
Conclusions and Recommendations     295
What Do We Know from Our Research? What Do We Still Need to Know? Conclusions and Recommendations   Valarie L. Akerson   Terrell A. Young     297
Author Index     305
Subject Index     313
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