Academic journal article Science Scope

Reading Is Fundamental-To Science

Academic journal article Science Scope

Reading Is Fundamental-To Science

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A student's reading level is one of the predictors of his or her overall academic success in middle school and afterwards. Science teachers, however, do not need to be reading experts to help students develop close-reading skills and effective screen-based reading strategies. Strategies to meet science-specific reading challenges--such as dealing with new vocabulary, working through complex concepts and relationships, and understanding sequences--must be implemented regularly to improve science reading comprehension.

Today, most science teachers supplement hands-on activities with textbook reading and screen-based resources to teach key concepts in science. However, using the Internet requires effective electronic-format reading skills, as well as traditional print reading skills. While textbooks or print articles may provide students with straightforward, linear pathways through information, students also need guidance on how to effectively navigate and comprehend the connections between nonlinear, interactive pathways created by the links available on websites.

If students have sound print reading habits, it is easier to teach them essential Internet reading skills, such as understanding the role of images and animation, and learning how to effectively access interactive features of websites which can provide them with a variety of video, audio, and textual materials to supplement their studies. …

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