Academic journal article Science Scope

Reading Science

Academic journal article Science Scope

Reading Science

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Reading Science

By Jennifer L. Altieri. $19.50. 130 pp. Heinemann. Portsmouth, NH. 2016. ISBN: 9780325062587.

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Are any of your readers having trouble understanding their science texts? The author of this book provides many great strategies for helping all children be successful in reading science material.

The purpose of the book is to provide a foundation upon which each reader can establish connections between reading and science. The two subjects must be closely intertwined for children to be successful. They must also be approached in different ways.

Children must, as the author states, "understand that not all text is created equal." Students are bombarded with information on the internet and must realize not all of it is necessarily true. They must learn to challenge the accuracy of text--something rarely done when reading fiction materials. Eight challenges that must be overcome in teaching science literacy are also included in this chapter.

Realizing that the science text is just one piece of science and not the only piece is addressed in chapter two. Texts scratch the surface; the internet provides depth. Picture books are addressed, as are "faction" books, in which scientific facts are embedded in fiction like the Magic School Bus series. …

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