Integrating Literacy and the Life Sciences (Active) EDIT PD TITLE
Proficiency Levels: Awareness
Grade(s):PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Suggested Prerequisites: This course is designed for teachers, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers, and proficiency with email and current web-browsers.
Description/Abstract: Participants in this course will learn about the structures and behaviors of organisms that enable them to live successfully in their environments and how this scientific content can be enhanced through literacy integration. A focus of the course is to help participants learn to integrate literacy and science by using literacy strategies such as science notebooks/journals, concept maps, and literature to enhance their lessons. A notebook strand in several sessions provides more information and ideas about teaching with science notebooks. In addition, participants will hone their content knowledge about the basic needs of living things, habitats, interactive relationships, food webs and adaptations. As part of the work in this course, participants will learn to keep their own science notebook and complete a Final Project, which includes a reflection on the investigations in the notebook.
Objectives: This course will enable participants to:
learn about national, state, and local standards associated with teaching about living organisms and habitats;
learn science content needed to teach students about living organisms and habitats;
engage in the doing of science through keeping a science notebook and observing a local habitat;
incorporate reading and writing tasks in the science classroom in order to improve student achievement;
gain strategies and tools for incorporating literacy activities in the teaching of science content;
build their own library of resources, including readings, videos and websites to enhance their teaching about livening organisms and habitats
learn to use hands-on science and literacy activities in their teaching about living organisms and habitats.