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Integrating Instruction
Literacy and Science

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ISBN 9781593851569
Published June 29, 2005 by Guilford Press
203 Pages

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Book Description

Well organized and comprehensive, this book provides a full framework for integrating science and literacy. It shows how tapping into children's interest in science can help them develop key literacy skills and strategies as they explore the world around them. Examples of integrated science units include hands-on instructions and reproducible materials for learning activities that can be adapted to different grade levels. The authors provide a wealth of practical ideas for:

*Organizing the classroom for active, constructive, motivated learning
*Targeting specific language arts competencies while studying science topics: animals, astronomy, electricity, and more
*Crafting assignments that promote inquiry during science experiences and text investigations
*Selecting and using informational texts, from encyclopedias and Internet articles to trade books and magazines
*Assessing student learning in compliance with national and state standards

Table of Contents

1. Language Literacy/Science Literacy
2. Organizing for Integrated Instruction
3. Integrating Science and Language in Science Units
4. Vocabulary Expansion through Experiences
5. Exploring the Real World with Informational Texts
6. The Science-Fiction Connection
7. Writing to Learn Science
8. Effective Uses of Technology
9. Assessment
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"This is the book elementary educators have been waiting for--an approach for integrating language and science literacies in ways that maintain the integrity of both. Integrating Instruction couples pedagogy with practice to ensure that children learn to think scientifically using the tools of literacy. This book belongs on the shelf of every teacher who views the classroom as a window to the natural and literate worlds."--Nancy Frey, PhD, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University

"With so much talk about integrated teaching, finally here's a book that shows how--from creating a conducive learning environment and planning specific instructional units/lessons to utilizing available technology and developing valid assessment. In highly accessible language and format, McKee and Ogle have put together a text that offers useful guidelines, practical strategies, and concrete examples for integrating reading/language arts and science. This book is a valuable resource for elementary preservice and inservice teachers who hope to design and implement an inquiry-based curriculum that integrates literacy and content areas."--Zhihui Fang, PhD, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida

"Curriculum integration has long been recognized as a critical component of best practices in classroom teaching. By exposing the rich connections between language literacy and science literacy, McKee and Ogle offer primary and elementary teachers a highly practical and inspiring guide for effectively blending instruction. Their efforts at encouraging our active experimentation with these methods are to be celebrated and will surely lead to rich and meaningful experiences for students as they achieve essential literacy goals across content areas."--Alan D. Rossman, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, National-Louis University

"A priceless volume! Integrating literacy strategies within the content area of science is a productive way to organize the learning environment. McKee and Ogle address many important instructional aspects, including assessment, unit planning, differentiation strategies, and classroom management techniques. Many teachers needlessly fear teaching science, and McKee and Ogle provide teacher-friendly information for implementing best practices in elementary classrooms."--Marie Donnantuono, MS, College of Education, William Paterson University