Engage your students in scientific thinking across disciplines! Did you know that scientists spend more than half of their time reading and writing? Students who are science literate can analyze, present, and defend data – both orally and in writing. The updated edition of this bestseller offers strategies to link the new science standards with literacy expectations and specific ideas you can put to work right away. Features include: • A discussion of how to use science to develop essential 21st century skills • Instructional routines that help students become better writers • Useful strategies for using complex scientific texts in the classroom • Tools to monitor student progress through formative assessment When students are curious, they thrive. Give your students the strong base they need to create and share scientific ideas that have an impact in the classroom and beyond. “This is a teacher-friendly book that drew me in from the introduction to the end. Through real-life scenarios combined with useful methods for instruction, it illustrates how science teachers can use language as a tool for teaching science.” -Trina Allen, Science Content Specialist Measurement Incorporated “An eminently readable guide for the novice and experienced teacher. The many practical ideas in this volume demonstrate that improving students’ skills in reading and writing can also improve their understanding and ability in science.” – Cary Sneider, Associate Research Professor Portland State University, Portland, OR

Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists

Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists

Twelve-year-old Ruth Garcia rises at 6 a.m., shovels down spoonfuls of cereal, throws on a well-worn T-shirt and jeans, and then slips out the door with her maroon backpack draped across her small back. She boards a familiar yellow school bus and spends twenty minutes traveling from her downtown apartment, through stop-and-go traffic, to her middle school parking lot, where she is dropped off near the street corner patrolled by a rather stern looking crossing guard. Alongside her seventh-grade peers, she plows through the open doors of the local middle school, into Mrs. Lungren’s science classroom. This ...

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