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