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ERIC Number: EJ1001653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Putting Science Literacy on Display
Hayman, Arlene; Hoppe, Carole; Deniz, Hasan
Science and Children, v50 n3 p58-62 Nov 2012
Imagine a classroom where students are actively engaged in seeking scientific knowledge from books and computers. Think of a classroom in which students fervently write to create PowerPoint presentations about their scientific topic and then enthusiastically practice their speaking roles to serve as docents in a classroom museum setting. Visualize a group of students that feel knowledgeable and empowered. Such visions could become reality through the initiation of a museum literacy project. The authors decided to transform their school library into a museum--which one might define as a place where one can view a collection of items of natural, scientific, literary, or artistic value--to display their students' projects generated from their air and weather unit. A museum literacy project provides the opportunity for cross-curricular teaching that links science and literacy in an authentic and meaningful context. In this engaging and creative project, the authors will show how a second-grade teacher collaborated with the school reading specialist for 50 minutes twice weekly to provide literacy instruction and support as the teacher taught concurrent science lessons throughout the week. Although this project was conducted with second graders, it would be a viable project for all students from grades 2-8. (Contains 1 figure and 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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