Perspectives: Reading and Scienceby: Sandra K. Abell

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To become good readers, students need experience in reading for information. Science class is an ideal place for students to develop motivation and strategies for informational reading. Yet with the promotion of hands-on science, many teachers get the message that reading may be inappropriate in science. Nothing could be farther from the truth. According to Norris and Phillips (2003), science could not exist without a written language to record and disseminate ideas in ways that allow them to be tested, elaborated, and sometimes refuted. This article explores the integration of science and reading, and offers research-based methods to make the most of reading in science.

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  • on Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:06 PM

In reading Perspectives; Reading and Science, it was very interesting and helpful. It helped me understand the importance of integrating science in all academic areas. This article gave me a better understanding about authentic reading and how it can increase students to be motivated to read while improving comprehension skills. When students have interesting text with lots of information, it opens their curiosity and that will guide them to have mastery in science and literacy. I use a variety of books for students to read after completing assignments and during quiet reading time. Students can choose books that are fiction and non fiction in all academic areas. I integrate science books according to the unit we are studying. They seem very excited and curious to read the science books, especially if its a topic we are studying. I've noticed in the last few years a lot of the reading series are integrating science literacy. After reading this article, I will make sure I have enough authentic reading. This will help them with hands on activities and make reading fun and a challenge. I will use books from the reading series that talks about animals and their habitats in my unit. I will continue to teach my children to read in science for authentic purposes.

Rita Jane Robinson
Rita Jane Robinson

  • on Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:37 PM

Science educators need to go beyond the textbook to enhance science reading opportunities. This article provides research-based methods to make the most of reading in science including: selecting quality information and procedural books to coincide with science units; integrating firsthand science experiences with secondhand reading experiences; and in both reading and science, creating cognitive conflict that will lead to conceptual understanding. Excellent resource for providing scholars with reading that support science learning.

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:02 PM

This article provides a broad picture of reading in science other than from a textbook. The author looks at where reading is advisable, how science reading can support reading development and support science learning, and how to use suggestions from research to enhance science reading.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:20 PM

The author of this article explains how authentic reading, reading to answer one’s question or to figure out the best way to proceed with an experiment, helps motivate students to read to find information in a text and increases students’ reading comprehension. She provides a list of research-based methods to make science reading more relevant. Providing time for good science books is not enough; explicit teaching of reading strategies will help younger students improve their reading comprehension as they increase their science learning.

Carolyn Mohr  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn Mohr (Buffalo Grove, IL)

  • on Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:18 AM

"Reading and Science" This article lets you know that in order to become good readers, students need to practice reading for information. The science class can be a great place for students to gain motivation and strategies for reading information. The hands on activities are always great to include in the class room. The article also explores the integration of science and reading, and offers research based methods to make the most of reading in science. This is a good tool to get the students engaged with reading the supports science reading.

Dorothy Patterson
Dorothy Patterson

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