Reading and Writing in Science
 
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Scientific Minds offers standards-based online programs for teaching and learning science with integrated strategies that strengthen reading and writing skills. The Science Sidekicks and Science Starters programs create an environment for teaching scientific literacy with the features outlined below. Email us at info@scientificminds.com to learn how Scientific Minds can support reading and writing in the science classroom!

 

Science Sidekicks (Grades 3-5)

  • Online text with audio allows students to read along as they hear the lesson. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Phenomenon-driven writing prompts.
  • Small-group, purposeful talk activities within each lesson to support reading comprehension.
  • Written exit ticket activities.
  • Guided notes that can also be used as cloze exercises.
  • Vocabulary feature with images, audio, and critical thinking activities that prompt meaningful science writing.
  • Activities in which students develop formal pieces of text that analyze or defend their own ideas using evidence recorded in science notebooks.
  • Extend and apply activities that include graphic organizers, creative writing, descriptive writing, expository writing, identifying main ideas, comparing and contrasting, and many other literacy-focused learning opportunities.

 

Writing prompt- compare a volcano, the sun, and a campfire.

 

 

Middle School Science Starters (Grades 6-8), Biology Starters, Chemistry Starters

  • Online text with audio allows students to read along as they hear the lesson.
  • Phenomenon and real-world writing prompts.
  • Guided notes that can also be used as cloze exercises.
  • Interactive vocabulary flashcards with images and Spanish terms.
  • Vocabulary assessments

 

 

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