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NGSS in Elementary: Incorporating Science Into Your Literacy Instruction

Education World – Martha Moore

“Next Generation Science Standards are designed to give students a foundational science education that can serve them throughout their schooling and into their careers as adults. We’ve taken a dive into ways to incorporate science into literacy instruction with some fantastic book collections from Steps to Literacy.” (more)

Pair the Plants: An Introduction to Scientific Names

Education World – Staff Writer

“In this activity, students use online or library resources to learn more about some common plants. They match the common names of those plants with their scientific names on the Education World Pair the Plant Names work sheet.” (more)

Beyond the ‘Reading Wars’: How the science of reading can improve literacy

Medical X-Press – Anna Mikulak

“A new scientific report from an international team of psychological researchers aims to resolve the so-called “reading wars,” emphasizing the importance of teaching phonics in establishing fundamental reading skills in early childhood. The report, published in in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows how early phonics skills are advanced with a rich reading curriculum throughout the school years.” (more)

Ten Super Summer Science Activities

Education World – Staff Writer

“Hoping to avoid the summer slide? Science activities, projects and experiments are perfect for keeping kids’ brains engaged during the school break. Check out these cool summer science activities for students of all ages:” (more)

Guiding Students to Science Literacy

Edutopia – Jayne Lecky

“It’s said that science asks questions (the scientific method) and engineering solves problems (the engineering design process). In order to have a truly inquiry-based science classroom, there must be both questions and answers. They may not all be the right questions and answers, but coming up with them takes students to true science literacy. But we can’t simply tell our students to solve a problem—we must give them a structured process to do so.” (more)

Science in the palm of your hand: How citizen science transforms passive learners

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Third-grader Jessica was quiet in group discussions and did not see herself as a strong science student. But after an eight-week unit in school where she was able to read, write about, collect data on and even draw and photograph ladybugs for a project, she began to see herself as scientist in her own right — explaining the life stages and lifestyles of ladybugs to grownups with conviction. Jessica became a citizen scientist.” (more)