Reading and Writing in the Science Classroom

Target Grade(s): 2-9


Discuss and analyze the ways that literacy and science connect in the science classroom, and highlight how reading and writing can be used to increase students' understanding of science content. Focus on how to integrate important literacy skills from Common Core State Standards in your science and STEM classroom to address content standards from Next Generation Science Standards. Cutting-edge strategies and well-founded principles pave the way to success with non-fiction reading material. The manner in which information and scientific content is presented shapes student success, not just for reading, but student writing, organization, and presentation.

Use the engaging context of science to address reading, writing, and literacy standards.

What can I expect from this course?

Participants attend LIVE online sessions in a user-friendly format, which include, but are not limited to the following topics:

Session 1: Introduction to Content Area Literacy
Session 2: Inquiry and Literacy
Session 3: Using Books and Readers in the Science Curriculum
Session 4: Adolescent Literacy in the United States

Participants select from a variety of assignments designed to integrate literacy and science content in meaningful and exciting contexts. Assignments are directly applicable to your classroom setting. All participants receive access to non-fiction reading materials and a carefully designed resource page with excellent resources for building literacy into science and science into literacy.

Synchronous and asynchronous meetings and coursework provide a balance of access to like-minded educators and content experts and allows flexibility for meeting course objectives.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Ideas:

All course participants focus on the following with non-fiction readers:

Earth Systems
Matter and Its Interactions
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

The course can meet any of the following core ideas depending on the focus of the participant:

Matter and Stability: Forces and Interactions
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Waves and Their Applications to Technologies for Information transfer
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Earth's Place in the Universe
Matter and Its Interactions
Earth's Systems
Earth and Human Activity
Engineering Design

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

A wide range of standards in Reading: Information Text & Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language, and Science and Technical Subjects are addressed. The specific standards covered are dependent on the focus of individual course participants as coursework is tailored to the needs of each educator.

What other opportunities may I pursue?

Participants may implement course content and develop a portfolio following the guidelines of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with the goal of submitting work for National Board Certification.

Educators may seek opportunities to present at conferences, or among colleagues and education community stakeholders. Course instructors and mentors will support your individual goals to become leaders in integrated STEM education.