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Integrating Science Into Your Literacy Program

Updated: May 8, 2023

Integrating science lessons into your literacy program is a great way to cover the abundant curriculum content within the time constraints of a school year.

integrating science into your literacy program, making cross-curricular connections

Science naturally integrates with literacy because it involves the exploration and communication of ideas, data, and findings. An effective scientist takes a systematic approach to understanding the world through experimentation and observation. Once this data is collected, it must be communicated. This requires a strong foundation in literacy skills.

Reading skills are also essential in the scientific field. Scientists must be able to read and understand research papers, scientific articles, and other sources of information. A proficient scientist has extensive scientific knowledge and the ability to read, interpret, and communicate results.

Overall, science and literacy are two subjects that are often taught separately but can be integrated with ease. With careful planning and the right tools and resources, teachers can provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of both subjects.

Here are some ideas for how to begin making these cross-curricular connections:

1. Science-themed reading materials:

Teachers can select books, articles, and other reading materials that incorporate science concepts. Teachers can brainstorm interesting topics related to chemistry, biology, and physics. This can be a great way to foster an interest in science while building essential reading skills.

Child reading science-themed reading materials with cross curricular integration.

2. Writing about science topics:

If writing is a focus, teachers can ask students to write about science topics, such as creating a persuasive essay about the importance of recycling, writing a report on the life cycle of a butterfly, or creating a science fiction story about a futuristic world. This can help students develop their writing skills while also reinforcing science concepts.

3. Science-based vocabulary:

Teaching science-based vocabulary is a great way to teach students the language necessary to participate in scientific discussion and inquiry. There are many ways to do this, such as using science-themed spelling word lists.

4. Scientific research projects:

Encourage students to conduct scientific research on a topic of their choice and then present their findings in a report or presentation. This can be a great way to build research skills, while also incorporating science concepts into the literacy curriculum.

5. Science-themed reading comprehension passages:

Use reading comprehension passages that focus on science concepts, such as asking students to read an article about climate change or global warming and answer questions based on what they've read. This can help students develop their literacy skills while also building their understanding of science concepts.

There are many science articles that can spark students' interests, but we recommend our Science-Themed Reading Comprehension Questions

Our website now offers unique Ontario curriculum-linked reading comprehension passages for Grades 1-8. While we do have a comprehensive bundle for all grades, each individual Grade can be purchased separately.

Grade 8 Literacy Science Reading Comprehension passages

Please note: The Grade 4-6 Science Themed Readings are a Google Slides Version that can be purchased from our TPT Store.

This product provides students with an opportunity to practice their reading and retelling skills while learning about scientific topics. By incorporating cross-curricular connections, this resource can be used as a literacy activity that supports the current science unit.

The readings in this resource are based on the Ontario Science Curriculum, which means that they align with the science concepts that students are learning in class. Each Grade contains 20 readings that cover all four science units in that particular Grade. For example, our Grade 8 science readings are linked to the Cells, Fluids, Systems in Action, and Water Systems units.

Grade 1–6 readings are a single page in length, whereas our intermediate

Grade 7/8 are two pages long to provide additional detail and Grade-level appropriate reading. Readings are also followed by comprehension questions. This product can be used for individual reading practice, shared reading, and small-group instruction.

By integrating cross-curricular connections, this product can be used as a literacy activity that supports the current science unit. For example, if the class is currently studying cells, the reading passages on the impact of cancer on cells and the power of exercise in enhancing cellular health would be particularly relevant. This approach to teaching can help students make connections between different subjects. This allows them to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wonders of science!

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