Catching Two Birds: Using Literature For Science and Math in English Lessons

06/09/2017

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Researchers at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreachpartnered with teachers to design a program they call Novel Engineering, which plays on the literary strengths of elementary school teachers to help them explore hands-on science-oriented activities in their classrooms. Teachers pick a book with tension in it to read, but stop halfway to ask students to generate a list of problems the character is facing. Then students split off into pairs to design, prototype, test and iterate on solutions to their chosen problem.

Find the entire piece at https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/08/22/a-literacy-based-strategy-to-help-teachers-integrate-science-skills/

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English Learner Math and Science Engagement Resources

17/05/2017

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This website provides quick access to educator resources to support all students’ simultaneous doing and talking science and mathematics.

Find at http://stem4els.wceruw.org/index.html


6 Strategies to Support ELLs in Science

01/03/2017

Practical Ideas that would also work in other content areas: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2017-03-01/index.html


English and Science Content

21/02/2017

Education Connections

Education Connections Tuesday’s Tip: Supporting EL learners in science instruction

Forum: Tuesday’s Tips (Education Connections)

Erik Halvorson

Education Connections

How do you prepare all students to learn and participate in your science lessons and units? What tools, strategies, and methods do you use to make sure all learners are supported and encouraged during science learning?

For EL students, science courses often have the advantage of offering hands-on learning opportunities, observations, and real-life examples. Yet science learning also poses special challenges for ELs, especially when it comes to vocabulary learning, terminology use, and classroom confidence. Reviewing critical terminology and modeling the scientific questioning process before a lesson can be an essential first step to helping students engage with the material and the steps of scientific inquiry.  It is also important to consider how lessons require students to interact through writing, as well as through sharing in small and large groups, and to make sure that students are supported throughout lessons and feel confident to share out during the lesson, even as they continue to develop their academic English language skills.

For some ways to ensure your science lessons address the needs of all students, including English learners, take a look at these resources from Colorín Colorado.

Or, to see how one instructor carefully tailors her science lessons to the needs of her EL students, check out this short video from the Teaching Channel.


Report: With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners’ Achievement Soared

27/01/2017

Great reading for science teachers http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2017/01/integrating_science_and_englis.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-FB


Science instruction can benefit EL learners across all language levels

21/01/2017

Reposted from Erik Halvorson

Excerpt:

While many educators express concern over when to introduce EL students to science lab activities and science instruction, a recent study has shown that ELs can strongly benefit from early and blended science and language instruction. The study also notes that engaging, hands-on science instruction not only helps students engage with science.  While many educators express concern over when to introduce EL students to science lab activities and science instruction, a recent study has shown that ELs can strongly benefit from early and blended science and language instruction. The study also notes that engaging, hands-on science instruction not only helps students engage with science knowledge, but can also assist them in developing academic language and conversational skills, as well as math, problem-solving, and vocabulary skills, due to the demands of group work, scientific recording strategies (journaling or report writing), and the interpretation and presentation of findings. The study emphasizes that science instruction, particularly when incorporating hands-on teaching strategies, can benefit students at all language levels, and can even help to hone and develop their skills across reading, writing, and math.

For a closer look at how science instruction can benefit all students, check out the recently published findings in Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity.


This awesome periodic table tells you how to actually use all those elements

21/01/2017

Great for ESL science teachers:  http://www.sciencealert.com/this-awesome-periodic-table-tells-you-how-to-actually-use-all-those-elements


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