ISBN-10:
1412960711
ISBN-13:
9781412960717
Pub. Date:
09/26/2008
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Reading, Writing, and Inquiry in the Science Classroom, Grades 6-12: Strategies to Improve Content Learning / Edition 1

Reading, Writing, and Inquiry in the Science Classroom, Grades 6-12: Strategies to Improve Content Learning / Edition 1

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Overview

This resource covers reading and writing practices, science standards, and sample lessons to help educators successfully integrate literacy and science instruction in any classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412960717
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/26/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Chamberlain recently retired from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where she was an assistant professor of education and taught courses in curriculum and instruction, educational foundations, and literacy for secondary certification. While at Lycoming College, she also served as assistant dean for teaching effectiveness. She is a former teacher and administrator in K-12 schools. Chamberlain is the author of Middle Schools for a Diverse Society and journal articles about middle schools and science education and has conducted numerous workshops about teaching strategies, literacy, and student assessment. Currently, she is conducting research in a consortium of school districts that deals with addiction prevention programs for adolescents. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she earned her master’s of science in education degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She has Pennsylvania administrative certifications from Bucknell University and she received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Pennsylvania State University, where she focused on middle-level education and school communities.

Christine Corby Crane recently retired after a 26-year teaching career from the Athens Area School District in Athens, Pennsylvania, where she was the K-12 Science Department chair for nine years. She was instrumental in the district obtaining PA Environment and Ecology Exemplary Status for the 2007 school year after obtaining three grants to develop and implement a curriculum involving the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In addition to teaching in Athens, she was an associate professor for Mansfield University, teaching science and technology methods courses. She has also taught K-12 science education courses for Penn State University.

Crane has been a consultant for several federal, state, and community science education programs. She contributed to the Pennsylvania Department of Energy Elementary Energy and Environment Science Activities, Volume VI, and she is also the coauthor of a journal article, “Middle School Students Perceptions on How They Learn Science: Support for Inquiry-Based Classrooms.” She conducts workshops and presentations on teaching science and teaches undergraduate courses and graduate science education courses as an adjunct professor at local colleges. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Pennsylvania State University, where she focused on science education and language and literacy. A graduate of Elmira College, she earned her master’s of science degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. Constructing a Scientifically Literate Society
What Is Science?
What Is Scientific Literacy?
How Do We Reach Scientific Literacy?
Classroom Strategies
Questioning
Inquiry Teaching Models
5E Lesson Design
Generative Learning Model
Assessing Inquiry
Standards
Summary
2. Textbooks in the Science Classroom
Quality and Appropriateness of Textbooks
Readability of Texts
Students’ Reading Abilities
Matching Texts and Students
Other Considerations for Textbook Evaluations
Strategies for Using Textbook Materials
Pre-Reading Activities
Vocabulary Development
Setting a Purpose for Reading
During Reading
Post-Reading Activities
Summary
3. Beyond the Textbook
Literature for Adolescents
Genres of Trade Books
Children’s Books
Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Poetry
Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs
Newspapers and Popular Magazines
Book Talks
Literature Circles
Summary
Books for Science
Selected Trade Books Mentioned in This Chapter
Web Sites Referenced
4. Writing in Science
Why Writing?
Types of Writing
Informal Writing Tasks
Formal Writing Tasks
Formal Scientific Writing
Formal Creative Writing Tasks
Assessing Students’ Work
Creating the Environment
Summary
5. Using Technology to Enhance Reading, Writing, and Inquiry
Why Use Technology?
Getting Started
Hypermedia
Geocaching
Using the Internet
Webquests
Streaming Video
The Globe Program
Project Feeder Watch
Course Management Systems
Other Equipment
Digital Cameras
Handheld Computers
Data Analysis Programs
Databases
Spreadsheets
Technology and Writing
Inspiration
Claymation
Visual Communicator
Evaluating Software Programs
Challenges
Summary
Sources for Computer Programs Referenced in This Chapter
Web Sites Referenced in This Chapter
Additional Web Sites of Interest
References
Index

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was actually pretty helpful to me and my sister.