|Standard 7 students at Ha-Polaki Primary School, Lesotho|
It's about access. Access to the science content and science process for all students, no matter their language level or ability. And it's about access to academic language in an authentic setting. This issue of access is incredibly important to me. It leads to deeper understanding, motivation, creativity, and the act of thinking of one's self as a scientist.
Of course there's lots of literature on science and literacy. There are a variety of books for every grade band on the topic and with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core being integrated into classrooms, reading, writing and speaking in science is getting more and more attention.
So, I'd like to start a series on some practical ideas I've learned or been working on that focuses on literacy in the science classroom in the service of English Learners. But first, here are some of my favorite resources on the topic, feel free to share yours in the comment section:
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Next up, thoughts on motivating ELs to write in science ...