ERIC Number: ED342611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Science and Writing Connection.
Nevada Science Project, Reno.
The 18 brief articles contained in this booklet reflect an attempt by science and math teachers in Nevada to explore ways to rekindle the exhileration of discovery for themselves and their students that began with the knolwedge explosion that followed the launching of Sputnik in 1957 but that was eventually washed away in a flood of "keep-em-busy-get-the-right answer" lessons. The Nevada teachers recognized writing as a powerful thinking activity and began to explore its uses as a way of focusing on understanding concepts instead of simply memorizing facts for tests. Each article develops at least one activity in either math or science for which students use writing as an important learning tool. Among specific topics are a unit plan on the Great Barrier Reef and lessons concerned with the weather, the concept of natural selection, dinosaurs, the human body, rocks and their properties, and the atom. The booklet includes articles on: integrating the writing process in science; writing in middle school science; writing in fourth grade; writing for different audiences in grade 5; the "write" way to learn math; writing in the high school science class; and writing for science concepts in the third grade. One paper discusses the issue of "deplagiarizing" the research paper; others offer observations on note taking, journal writing, evaluating mathematical expressions, and problem solving. (AA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Nevada Science Project, Reno.