Learning about science through listening to lectures and reading about it, though valuable, isn’t always enough to truly engage students. Learning by doing science through hands-on science activities and experiments lets students see what they’ve learned in action and develop a deeper understanding of the subject.
An engaging science curriculum also allows students to connect it to other disciplines, such as English language arts, and an ELA-based science curriculum can save educators time on instruction.
Science is a language-based endeavor. Scientists read journals. They write articles. They collaborate to do research by speaking and listening to one another. They make presentations and listen to others do the same. Within the course of a single day, a scientist may be involved in all these areas of language usage. The same is true for science learning. In this way, science is intimately connected to English language arts, and English language arts experiences could readily involve science.
HMH Into Science links two disciplines—science and ELA—through tools such as Activity Guides and FUNomenal Readers. The Activity Guides consist of hands-on science activities that allow students to explore their understanding of science and make connections to the real world. Additionally, the guides feature informational text and workbooks to help students develop their ELA skills.
The FUNomenal Readers featured in the program are Above-, On-, and Below-leveled, standalone reading experiences that explore a lesson’s anchoring phenomenon. HMH Into Science’s careful Lexile leveling and a commitment to maintaining the same content across levels result in all students possibly participating in Reader-based class discussions and explorations.
Here’s a deeper dive into how the Activity Guides and FUNomenal Readers featured in the program develop ELA skills.
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