Science, Inquiry and Literacy

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Science, Inquiry and Literacy

Science, Inquiry, and Literacy

Literacy has a large role in all areas of learning and curriculum. Literacy skills - whether traditional or new literacies (Lankshear & Knobel, 2013) are essential to equip students to engage in meaningful experiences at home and school. Literacy and science learning are interwoven as reciprocal processes that allow growth in both areas. Students explore, investigate and share their knowledge and understanding through rich learning experiences incorporating literacy and inquiry learning.

Early in my career, I used science to encourage my grade one students to read, writing, share ideas orally and expand their literacy skills. We explored science content through literature and engagement with all of the language arts. I still do this with older students and include the use of word walls and anchor charts to reinforce language and vocabulary learning. Separating curriculum and content areas is no longer best practice as we recgonize the value of the relationships between them.

Reading, Writing and Science?

Joining Literacy and Science

Children love to read about science. Science is fun and interesting and can inspire students to explore and investigate ideas beyond what are usually identified as 'science' topics. There are a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to choose from.

Science is Fun!

InquiryTwenty first century learning has changed the way we teach and learn. Information is available at our fingertips, however, students need to learn how to find information and to discern its value and validity for their purposes. Rather than delivering content, teachers must support students in developing critical thinking skills to enable their own learning.

Sharon FriesenGalileo NetworkCreating Knowledge Building Environments


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