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ERIC Number: EJ1117734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Family Science Night
Hansen, Holly; Alderman, Helen Christine
Science Teacher, v83 n4 p37-40 Apr 2016
The goal of the Family Science Night (FSN) described in this article was to involve culturally and linguistically diverse families in school life so that students would be more vocal, successful, and interactive in science class. The project would also demonstrate to the students that their teacher valued their input in the classroom. The setting for the FSN was the International Newcomer Academy (INA) in Fort Worth, Texas. INA, which is both a middle school and high school, is a specialized institution where students experience their first year in public school as new immigrants. Students are educated in English and the content areas using sheltered instruction strategies, that is, strategies designed to make content comprehensible for ELLs, such as using visuals, promoting the use of the native language, and building background knowledge. The topic of the Family Science Night was Earth Day.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Grade 9
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Fort Worth)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A