Learning English, Learning Scienceby: Virginia Nelson

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Using science notebooks effectively in the classroom can encourage students who are learning English to keep up and keep interested. English language proficiency might head the list of content areas that schools can teach properly and effectively through science. Amaral, Garrison, and Klentschy (2002) reported that a successful inquiry-based science project used science notebooks to enhance science content and processing while developing English language competence. This article describes how science notebooks can help English language learners with two subjects.

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  • on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:31 PM

The premise for this article is that using science notebooks in the elementary classroom helps students not only build English for English Language Learners (ELL) while they are also learning science. This author adds another caveat by using parent teacher’s night and other parent/teacher interactions to show the family how the notebooks are used and families are encouraged to also make entries. The family member contribution can encourage academic interest and enthusiasm for the children. Sentence frames are also helpful and examples are provided.

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

  • on Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:52 AM

Elementary students use a science notebook to engage their families in science learning as well as the students. Using diagrams with a few words is one technique. The author suggests a great resource for simple science activities in Spanish available from Lawrence Hall of Science. One technique she suggests is the use of what she calls’ science frames’. The photos in this article support what is being said and would be a very useful technique for elementary students.

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

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