Winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award from PreK-12 Learning Group, Association of American Publishers!
In Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers,
science educators Jessica Fries-Gaither and Terry Shiverdecker help teachers blend literacy into elementary science instruction. This unique book will show teachers how to teach science using a variety of nonfiction text sets (such as field guides, reference books, and narrative expository texts) and replace individual lessons with a learning-cycle format (including hands-on investigations, readings, directed discussion, and problem solving).
Research-based and teacher-friendly, Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers
shows how inquiry can engage your students in reading nonfiction texts, discussing important science concepts, and writing to both develop understanding and share information. Here are some of the book’s special features:
• Eight units covering life, physical, Earth, and space science—from “Drip Drop Detectives: Exposing the Water Cycle” to “Classroom Curling: Exploring Forces and Motion” to “Beaks and Biomes: Understanding Adaptation in Migrating Organisms.” Two additional units cover the nature of science. All units have been classroom-tested for effectiveness and align with the National Science Education Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
• Detailed scientific background, common misconceptions associated with the content, an annotated list of the texts in the text set, safety considerations, reproducible student pages, and suggested assessments.
• Authentic, inquiry-based contexts for reading, writing, and discussion through read-alouds, collaborative activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts.
Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers
will change the way you think about engaging your students. The authors show that it’s possible to integrate literacy into elementary-level science instruction without sacrificing quality in either area.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Part I: Integrating Literacy and Science Instruction
Chapter 1: The Science-Literacy Connection
Chapter 2: Inquiry and the Learning Cycle
Chapter 3: Authentic and Relevant Literacy Experiences in Inquiry
Chapter 4: Nonfiction Text Sets
Chapter 5: Getting Started with the Inquiry Units
Part II: The Inquiry Units
Chapter 6: Scientists Like Me
Chapter 7: Measuring Pennies and More
Chapter 8: Minds-on Matter: Phase Changes and Physical Properties
Chapter 9: Classroom Curling: Exploring Forces and Motion
Chapter 10: Beaks and Biomes: Understanding Adaptation in Migrating Organisms
Chapter 11: My Favorite Tree
Chapter 12: Come Fly With Me
Chapter 13: Drip Drop Detectives: Exposing the Water Cycle
Chapter 14: Let’s Dig! Exploring Fossils
Chapter 15: Patterns in the Sky
Chapter 16: Final Thoughts
Appendix 1. Background Information: Science Process Skills and Literacy Activities
Appendix 2. Rubrics and Achievement Grading Standards
Appendix 3. Standards Alignment Matrix