Perfect for kindergarten classrooms! It’s totally hands-on, and I love the creative link to the book. Even though nonfiction texts are popular tools for learning about science, this activity plan pulls reading into the science experiment instead of the other way around.
Informational texts are the basis for science learning – at least when it comes to adding in a literacy level. I enjoyed how this video presents the use of informational texts with students who have varying abilities. To me, this shows how (and why) informational texts can aid in development of multiple areas, through other content areas.
Even though this focuses on middle school, the idea behind this video (finding science in the news through reading periodicals, etc.) can easily be adapted for younger students. I can see using child-friendly websites or age-appropriate magazines to work this into the elementary school classroom!
If you’re using Common Core standards (and it’s likely that you are), this is a must-read article. I’m a fan of the way in which it connects ideas to anchor ELA standards. This puts the activities that you may be thinking of into perspective and allows you to integrate, without feel like you’re missing a piece.
The intro provides an essential bit of background information on introducing this topic in the elementary years – and why taking students’ different ability levels into consideration is a must. I particularly liked the lesson plans that were tailored to specific grades.
I absolutely adore the idea of “active reading comments” that this piece posits. It shows how students can develop reading skills while exploring and experimenting with science. Not only does this article provide plenty of information, but it also has links to handouts. Bonus!