Contains handouts, slides and material used in the 2016 ALA Annual Conference AASL presentation on the 3-year IMLS project, School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning. June 26, 2016, Orlando, FL.
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By pairing students with common abilities and goals, teachers build teams that will come together to better understand texts and literature. Learn how one high school teacher pairs her Literacy Partners in her Physics class.
Science teachers are not all comfortable bringing literacy into their lessons. See how one Physics teacher overcomes this and teaches her students about reading a primary source, part of the CCSS. Part of this exercise includes distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, and identifying advanced vocabulary terms associated with higher level reading materials.
8th Grade Science teacher Peter Hill from King Middle School in Maine shares a quick strategy tool and strategy he refers to as "word cloud". The "word cloud" is generated by a computer program that takes words from an article and generates a "cloud" with different sizes of words with the size emphasizing the frequency of the word. Mr. Hill uses this as a quick pre-reading activity to increase curiosity and engagement and to have students anticipate what the article or essay is about and what the main idea is. Teachers might also consider a twist to this idea and have student groups create their own word cloud after reading a selected text.11
Recorded webinar session from March 2, 2016, presented as a professional learning component to STEM teacher and school librarian participants of the IMLS funded School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning (#SLASL 2016) project. Webinar #1: Selecting Standards & Creating Learning Objectives.
Recorded webinar session from March 30, 2016, presented as a professional learning component to STEM teacher and school librarian participants of the IMLS funded School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning (#SLASL 2016) project. Webinar #3: Collaborative Implementation
Building student vocabulary will allow students to read and write at a higher level. Here is a good strategy to build student vocabulary, which starts with the students identifying difficult words related to science concepts, and following up by examining related words.
This template provides an approach for creating a STEM investigation that includes text-based inquiry to build student STEM literacy skills. It is populated with examples and resources to support your authoring. The template was created to support library media specialists and STEM teacher cohorts in year two of the School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning project, led by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management (ISKME) in partnership with Granite State University, New Hampshire, and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Educators who chose to remix this template will trade out example language with their own language and design.