Math. Science and Social Studies Integration. Science. Social Studies. Language Arts. Mia Johnson, Lora Drum, Carol Moore Curriculum Specialists. Brainstorming Activity. Before, During, and After Reading Highlight strategies you use
Before, During, and After Reading
Highlight strategies you use
to teach reading in your classroom.
Circle strategies you use to
teach science and social studies.
Bristor's (1994) research provides an example of a study focusing on science and language arts integration. Motivated by efficiency and a desire to make content area literacy instruction more meaningful, the investigator designed a program drawing on literacy research to build students' background knowledge prior to reading content texts. Relevant language arts curriculum objectives from district guidelines were linked to science activities.Bristor drew on literature with science content from trade books and the basal reading program, and engaged students in dramatic play related to science themes. Based on results from subtests of standardized tests, the researcher reported gains in achievement in both reading and science for students in the integrated program as compared to those following traditional distinct curricula in the two areas. Further, on a six-scale inventory of affect, students in the integrated program showed more positive attitudes and greater self-confidence than comparable students in the separate curricula.
This is an interactive pre-reading strategy that frontloads students’ knowledge of text information and also allows them to
become familiar with
phrasing and content
words. The strategy
can be used with both
This strategy is used to activate background
knowledge before reading or doing and
activity, stimulate interest and discussion
during reading, compare
before an after decisions,
and assess students’
application of new
knowledge and/or skills.
This is a form of semantic mapping. This strategy encourages students to improve vocabulary and categorization skills as well as organize concepts. Categorizing listed words, through sorting/grouping and
labeling, helps students
organize new concepts
in relation to previously learned concepts.
Is this something
you think you could
do in your class- room?
The National Science Teachers Association supports the
notion that inquiry science must be a basic in the daily
curriculum of every elementary school student at every
grade level. In the last decade, numerous reports have
been published calling for reform in education. Each report has highlighted the importance
of early experiences in science
so that students develop
problem-solving skills that
empower them to
participate in an increasingly
scientific and technological
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