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 5: Doing Science
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The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
What is most important about conducting investigations is to have students think and see themselves as scientists who are actively engaged in “doing science.” Students readily accept the invitation to learn and develop a plan to verify, extend, and/or discard ideas that they have generated. In science, students can take advantage of their natural curiosity. Additionally, investigations involve a whole host of communicative language as students employ a variety of methods to gain insight when proposing explanations and finding solutions to questions, and when critiquing their own science practices. During the investigative process, teachers can gauge students’ knowledge and how they are thinking by observing ...