Reading Into Science: Making It Meaningfulby: Linda Fernsten and Sandra Loughran

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Helping students read science textbooks and other substantive material does not have to interrupt the flow of content delivery. A variety of strategies, both instructive and effective, are available to help students become more competent and independent readers. The lessons in this article have worked well. They all involve participation and can be easily differentiated to help diverse learners. Unlike the typical chapter quiz, these cooperative strategies have students discussing, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating the assigned reading in challenging yet supportive ways.

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  • on Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:57 PM

I already use some of the techniques cited in the article in my classroom. Some are new to me and I look forward to trying them.

Kimberley Leahey  (Laurel, MD)
Kimberley Leahey (Laurel, MD)

  • on Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:18 PM

I find the reading techniques/ exercises decribed here very practical and excellent. They will help student gain understanding of any material.

Olukayode Banmeke  (Riverdale, MD)
Olukayode Banmeke (Riverdale, MD)

  • on Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:02 AM

This resource includes some great and varied reading comprehension strategies. When used together throughout the year, these strategies guide students in becoming more independent readers and aid in increasing their understanding of their reading. Although this resource is intended for middle school students, I could very easily use the strategies in my high school science classroom.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:11 PM

With our district focused on literacy finding a resource such as this article was right on time. Although it was short in length, which I liked, it offered very good strategies to use in promoting reading in science classes. There is something for any level of student.

Yolanda Smith-Evans  (Houston, TX)
Yolanda Smith-Evans (Houston, TX)

  • on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:50 PM

From cooperative ideas to independent strategies, this article does a nice job of providing suggestions for hooking and holding scholars’ attention with informational text. It encourages students to take more ownership for their thinking and learning, and the tips are definitely applicable to any academic classroom.

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

  • on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:43 PM

I really enjoyed the ideas expressed in the article and plan to use it in my classroom. The article outlines Cooperative Group Strategies teachers can use to engage thier students in the learning process. I consider this a must read!!

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

  • on Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:46 PM

I am considering starting reading centers for textbook reading and note-taking skill development in my classrooms. This article offers three different strategies – two unique styles of cooperative groups and independent reading work. Each strategy is written with clear directions and example on how to implement it. The strategies, while written for middle grades, could be modified to fit early elementary through high school. I am looking forward to trying these in learning centers.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

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