ERIC Number: EJ1062083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 11
Connecting Science and Math Concepts with Children's and Young Adult Literature in a CCSS World
Jewett, Pamela; Johnson, Denise; Lowery, Ruth McKoy; Stiles, James W.
Journal of Children's Literature, v41 n1 p44-47 Spr 2015
In this article, the authors provide a synopsis of the 2014 Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) Workshop. The Workshop explored how fiction and nonfiction children's and young adult's literature create opportunities for in-depth learning in the content areas. Participants had the opportunity to hear the stories of authors and illustrators of fiction and nonfiction children's literature as they talked about creating books that explore science and mathematics concepts. The panel of presenters (Jennifer Brown, Kate Messner, Jon Scieszka, Jason Chin, Susan Stockdale, Melissa Stewart, Leslie Bulion, and Emily Jenkins) led participants on informative and entertaining excursions through their creative, inventive, and ingenious processes. Two master teachers (Kendall Donald and Emily Whitecotton) also shared curricular invitations for bringing these kinds of texts into practice in their fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms. Participants at the 2014 CLA Workshop were inspired by the work of these gifted authors and illustrators. While the audience learned about their unique approaches to creating books, they also came to see persistent themes shared in the writing. By the end of the workshop, audience members were able to walk away knowing more about a number of outstanding fiction and nonfiction K-8 titles. The teachers also introduced the audience to curricular invitations and offered valuable classroom strategies for gathering information and inspiration through these beautifully and thoughtfully crafted books.
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Mathematical Concepts, Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Workshops, Fiction, Nonfiction, Content Area Reading, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Elementary Secondary Education
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