A Natural Integration

by: Tracy Coskie, Michelle Hornof, and Heidi Trudel

A five-week study taught students how to write a field guide that identified the plants in a small wooded area they passed through on their way to their school playground. By creating this authentic genre of science writing, students came to understand and care for the natural world in their immediate environment. They also developed important science, reading, and writing skills through purposeful work.


Elementary School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 4/1/2007Volume 044Issue 08

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