NSTA Press Session: Once Upon a Physical Science
Science, Real Literacy Instruction
Want your students to read and write science more
effectively? Join the author of the Once Upon A Science Book series for
lessons from her newest book integrating literacy and physical science
Takeaways: 1. There are three main impediments to students becoming confident science readers: they do not expect what they are reading to make sense, they lack the background knowledge assumed in the text, and they have found shortcuts around doing classroom reading; 2. Using a literacy learning cycle (exploration, reading, writing) makes reading science easier; and 3.
Participants will also try out a literacy learning cycle that they can use with their classes (so they will learn a new lesson plan).
Jodi Wheeler-Toppen (Author/ Staff Development: Atlanta, GA), Karen Kraus (Retired Teacher: Goodyear, AZ), Matthew Hackett (Delta Woods Middle School: Blue Springs, MO)
Presenter Materials for this Session:
(Please login with your NSTA account to view the materials)
Identify This Lab.pdf
Student lab sheet for the activities we demonstrated during our sessions.
Was it a drug bust.pdf
Student reading to accompany lab described in our session.
Is it Poison .pdf
This is a simpler reading if "Was it a drug bust?" is too complex for your readers. Although, I suggest trying the harder reading if working in groups--the topic often interests students enough to work at the reading.
Session Power Point Presentation
These are the slides, with links to additional literacy resources.