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 9: School–Home Science Connection
School–Home Science Connection
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[N]o school can work well for children if parents and teachers do not act in partnership on behalf of the children’s best interests.
The school-to-home connection is extremely important. Research says that families with children who do well in school have routines at home, participate in family discussions, have parents involved in the school’s instructional program, monitor out-of-school activities, and show they value education by communicating it and creating a place where their children can do their schoolwork (Lawrence Hall of Science, Parent Portal). Research also says that the most successful schools are those that provide several ways for parents to get involved in the instructional program, “greatly improving the quality of schools in both ...