ERIC Number: ED408159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-27
Students' Entry into Science through Literature.
Dixey, Brenda P.; Baird, Kate A.
Because of the limitations of traditional text-based instruction, it has been recommended that teachers use additional resources to enliven their instruction and make it relevant to students' lives. Literature can serve as a segue into the sometimes difficult and scary world of science. Reasons for integration are explained and supported by research in the areas of science and literacy. The strategies used in reading and writing successfully--which include organizing ideas, using prior knowledge, predicting, and making connections--should also be applied in the science content area. Thus literature becomes a natural tool for teaching scientific concepts to all students, regardless of age or academic level. This paper also describes how children's literature was incorporated into a middle-level summer science program. The activity described used the alphabet book "Animalia" by G. Base, an oversized book with extremely detailed illustrations and few words. Hundreds of objects identify each alphabet letter, and an observant person can spend hours locating and classifying these objects. The activity objectives were to give participants practice in observing, organizing, and recording data, and to create awareness of ways in which literature can be used in teaching science concepts. Contains 16 references and a 21-item bibliography of suggested literature for science integration. (PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Global Summit on Science and Science Education (San Francisco, CA, December 27, 1996).