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ERIC Number: EJ904753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Transporting Students into Thin Air: Using Science to Enhance Reading
Bricker, Patricia; Rogowski, Nick; Hedt, Melissa; Rolfe, Nadeen
Science Scope, v34 n2 p37-43 Oct 2010
The "Into Thin Air" unit, based on the book by Jon Krakauer, was designed as an interdisciplinary unit for a small group of academically gifted sixth-grade students. It included hands-on, minds-on activities that would immerse students in the scientific, social, and personal struggles people face while attempting to climb the world's tallest mountain. The unit successfully blended science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies through a combination of independent reading, thought-provoking conversations, reflective writing, and hands-on science investigations. In this article, the authors highlight the reading strategies used. (Contains 14 online resources and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A