Upper elementary school students continue to master reading skills and fluency. This critical focus should not push science explorations out of the classroom routine. Word analysis, vocabulary development, and comprehension can be learned alongside study-your-world concepts. Consider using these research-based materials for your increasingly competent readers who also are young scientists:
Reading Green is a 2-week elementary level activity to teach what plants need to grow. Grade 4-5 students grow Wisconsin Fast Plants™ from seed to flower, while reading interesting short stories that were written specially for both science and literacy learning. Reading Green stories integrate elements that are relevant to young readers’ lives with scientific and historical information in a format designed to teach fluency and comprehension skills.
My Life As A Plant – Coloring and Activity Book (free!)
Kids can join Sally Sunflower and her pals to explore the plant world and learn 12 Principles of Plant Biology. Designed for young readers (big kids love it too!) by experts in biology, science education, and reading, this interactive story is a fun first foray into plant biology and scientific explorations. Download this 36-page blackline book now for free at www.aspb.org/coloringbook.
Science & Technology Concepts Coming Soon! The Smithsonian Institute with the National Science Research Council offers curriculum units for elementary students to learn science and reading. These research-based materials correlate with the new K-12 Framework and upcoming Next Generation Science Standards. Click here to see the variety of units that will be available soon or to sign up to pilot the newest options in your classroom.