Foster life-long teacher learning embedded in effective teaching practices and the science standards Science is a natural motivator and an academic engine for utilizing language, but it is the teacher who is the key to fostering the innate curiosity in each learner. Growing Language Through Science offers a model for contextualizing language and promoting academic success for all students, particularly English learners in the K-5 science classroom, through a highly effective approach that integrates inquiry-based science lessons with language rich hand-on experiences. You’ll find • A wealth of instructional tools to support and engage students, with links to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) • Presentation and assessment strategies that accommodate students’ diverse needs, while encouraging them to use communicative language, speaking, listening, reading, and writing • Ready-to-use templates and illustrations to enrich the textual discussion • Field-tested teaching strategies framed in the 5Es used in monolingual and bilingual classrooms • Reflection exercises that enhance teacher instructional decision making. Use this timely resource to build students’ science and language skills simultaneously – while helping them find the joy in learning. “This book is timely, informative, and accessible to the practitioner. As an administrator, I would love to use this resource with our staff as a way to generate dialogue around the NGSS and the implementation of science as the content for language arts integration.” — Thelma A. Davis, Principal Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV “The book’s major strengths are taking multiple teaching strategies that are proven to be beneficial for English learners and putting them together in an easy to understand format, allowing the teacher a view of what a lesson should look like, as well as numerous, ready-made lessons to follow.” — Lyneille Meza, Coordinator of Data & Assessment? Denton ISD, Denton, TX
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for Growing Language Through Science
Setting the Stage for Growing Language Through Science
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Awaken people’s curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them. Put there just a spark.
When adults are asked the question What is science? many often answer with “scientific method,” “facts,” or “theories.” When elementary school students are presented with the same question, their answers usually are quite different—”fun,” “doing and making things,” “playing with balls and ramps”—and they enthusiastically share that they want to become scientists when they grow up. So students have a different view of science than adults typically do. For the purposes of this book, defining science is simple. It is a blend of the two: learning ...