Teaching Science to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Students

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Teaching Science to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Students by Cox-Petersen, Amy; Melber, Leah R; Patchen, Terri R., 9780137146239
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  • ISBN: 9780137146239 | 013714623X
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/27/2011

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Teaching Science to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Studentshelps K-8 teachers implement culturally relevant instructional strategies to ensure that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic class, can do science, like science, and become scientists if they choose. #xA0; In America#x19;s increasingly diverse classrooms, science is not always presented in a way that is meaningful to all students. With this in mind, this book outlines 8 culturally relevant strategies for teaching scienceto help ensure all students have access to inquiry-based, interactive, and experiential science learning. Written to encourage inclusive practices, the book shows how to teach science using students#x19; experiences, how to integrate science and literacy and how to use alternative methods to assess students#x19; understanding of science. #xA0; Includes 8 culturally relevant strategies for teaching science to all students-outlines inclusive practices that ensure all students have access to inquiry-based, interactive, and experiential science learning. #xA0; Shows how to teach science to and through students#x19; experiences-connects science activities and content to students#x19; lives at home and includes a chapter on fostering family connections. #xA0; Offers examples of science and literacy connections-models how teachers can integrate science and literacy to enhance students#x19; understanding of science. #xA0; Includes case studies with reflection questions in each chapter-provides examples of culturally relevant science teaching in the K-8 classroom. #xA0; Offers step-by-step descriptions of four science instructional models-discusses Concept Attainment, Concept Formation, Group Investigation and 5 Es Model. #xA0; Devotes a complete chapter to alternative assessment with diverse learners-provides a variety of examples and assessment methods to help teachers gauge students#x19; understanding of science. #xA0; Presents book study questions-helps teachers discuss the book professionally and apply the information to their current science activities.

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