Presentation on theme: "Science and Social Studies Integration"— Presentation transcript:
1 Science and Social Studies Integration MathScienceSocial StudiesLanguage ArtsMia Johnson, Lora Drum, Carol Moore Curriculum Specialists
2 Brainstorming Activity Before, During, and After ReadingHighlight strategies you useto teach reading in your classroom.Circle strategies you use toteach science and social studies.
3 What does the research say? This conception highlights the integration of content by blending the disciplines through "overlapping skills, concepts, and attitudes" (Fogarty, 1991, p. 64). One position -- interdisciplinary curriculum -- emphasizes connections between language arts and content area learning (e.g., Grisham, 1995; Roehler, 1983) or problem-centered, thematic pursuits (e.g., Anders & Pritchard, 1993; Powell & Skoog, 1995). From this perspective, language and literacy are "functional tools, rather than curricular entities to be studied or mastered in their own right" (Pearson, 1994, p. 19). In these definitions, the curricular unit must be seen to involve more than one discipline or school subject.
4 A little more research… Bristor's (1994) research provides an example of a study focusing on science and language arts integration. Motivated by efficiency and a desire to make content area literacy instruction more meaningful, the investigator designed a program drawing on literacy research to build students' background knowledge prior to reading content texts. Relevant language arts curriculum objectives from district guidelines were linked to science activities. Bristor drew on literature with science content from trade books and the basal reading program, and engaged students in dramatic play related to science themes. Based on results from subtests of standardized tests, the researcher reported gains in achievement in both reading and science for students in the integrated program as compared to those following traditional distinct curricula in the two areas. Further, on a six-scale inventory of affect, students in the integrated program showed more positive attitudes and greater self-confidence than comparable students in the separate curricula.A little more research…
6 Tea Party become familiar with phrasing and content This is an interactive pre-reading strategy that frontloads students’ knowledge of text information and also allows them tobecome familiar withphrasing and contentwords. The strategycan be used with bothnarrative andexpository texts.
7 Anticipation/Reaction Guide This strategy is used to activate backgroundknowledge before reading or doing andactivity, stimulate interest and discussionduring reading, comparebefore an after decisions,reverse misconceptions,and assess students’application of newknowledge and/or skills.
8 List-Sort-LabelThis is a form of semantic mapping. This strategy encourages students to improve vocabulary and categorization skills as well as organize concepts. Categorizing listed words, through sorting/grouping andlabeling, helps studentsorganize new conceptsin relation to previously learned concepts.
9 Science and Social Studies! Science ArticleIs this somethingyou think you coulddo in your class room?
10 More activities to share… The National Science Teachers Association supports thenotion that inquiry science must be a basic in the dailycurriculum of every elementary school student at everygrade level. In the last decade, numerous reports havebeen published calling for reform in education. Each report has highlighted the importanceof early experiences in scienceso that students developproblem-solving skills thatempower them toparticipate in an increasinglyscientific and technologicalworld.
11 Elementary school students learn science best when: instruction builds directly on the student's conceptual framework.content is organized on the basis of broad conceptual themes common to all science disciplines.mathematics and communication skills are an integral part of science instruction.
12 Kidspiration PowerPoint Photostory Glogster! Voice Threads How can I integrate technology, literacy, science and social studies?Kidspiration PowerPoint Photostory Glogster! Voice Threads
13 Is this the missing piece? Text Features!Is this the missing piece?