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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

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science and social studies integration


Science and Social Studies Integration


Social Studies

Language Arts

Mia Johnson, Lora Drum, Carol Moore Curriculum Specialists

brainstorming activity
Brainstorming Activity

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.

what does the research say
What does the research say?
  • This conception highlights the integration of content by blending the disciplines through "overlapping skills, concepts, and attitudes" (Fogarty, 1991, p. 64). One position -- interdisciplinary curriculum -- emphasizes connections between language arts and content area learning (e.g., Grisham, 1995; Roehler, 1983) or problem-centered, thematic pursuits (e.g., Anders & Pritchard, 1993; Powell & Skoog, 1995). From this perspective, language and literacy are "functional tools, rather than curricular entities to be studied or mastered in their own right" (Pearson, 1994, p. 19). In these definitions, the curricular unit must be seen to involve more than one discipline or school subject.

A little more research…

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.

tea party
Tea Party

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

narrative and

expository texts.

anticipation reaction guide
Anticipation/Reaction Guide

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,

reverse misconceptions,

and assess students’

application of new

knowledge and/or skills.

list sort label

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.

science and social studies
Science and Social Studies!

Science Article

Is this something

you think you could

do in your class- room?

more activities to share
More activities to share…

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


Elementary school students learn science best when:
  • instruction builds directly on the student's conceptual framework.
  • content is organized on the basis of broad conceptual themes common to all science disciplines.
  • mathematics and communication skills are an integral part of science instruction.


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How can I integrate technology, literacy, science and social studies?

text features
Text Features!

Is this the missing piece?

now it is your turn to add the last piece
Now it is your turn to add the last piece…



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