Science is one of the content areas that we skip over the most in the primary grades. We have so much responsibility to teach students how to read that it almost is overwhelming. In this post, I want to discuss how teaching science through reading is beneficial.
I’ve always had the mindset that I taught reading all day long. That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in science experiments, because I do! Science experiments often cost money and that is usually the limitation to how many we do in a given school year.
I bring my science instruction to life by using read alouds, anchor charts, hands on experiments and literacy based activities to help my students develop a deeper understanding of the science topic. Furthermore, this allows my students more exposure to the topic.
One way I incorporate science vocabulary is by using read alouds. Using read alouds allows me to model for students how to self monitor, while teaching them important content area vocabulary.
Science Anchor Charts During Reading
Science anchor charts are very helpful for students. The use of visual aides allows students to see the concept through a shared reading experience. Often, I will have my students recreate the anchor chart in their science notebook.