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- As a science teacher, I know how hard it is to find a meaningful sub plan that a substitute can complete with your class. Why not choose science literacy reading strategies as the lesson goal every time you have to be out of the classroom?This Bundle contains all six of my best selling science read$18.40$23.00Save $4.60
Science literacy reading strategies can be hard to teach and this lesson is designed to help students learn how to read scientific literature at their grade level. It can also be used as a sub plan! Students will read about zombie ants and learn specifically about the concepts of correlation and causation.
Good science reading at the high school level is difficult to find! Science teachers struggle to find lessons a substitute could help students do and here is a lesson they can!
As more focus around the country is put on science literacy, I am working to improve my students’ science reading abilities by adapting literature articles, creating shorter articles at the high school reading level. This article is 3 pages long and is calculated by several online reading level calculators to be at the 9th/10th grade reading level. I purposely space the reading out onto 3 pages to give students room to underline, circle, and write in the margin.
I meant this reading to be challenging for my students. There are 11 text-dependent questions designed to engage and encourage deeper thinking about the topic.
There are additional videos online that show the zombie ant behavior and may help you illustrate the lesson for your students:
David Attenborough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8
Penn State ScienceCast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2irXpAMBHkE
When I work with my students on science literacy, I do the following in order:
First, I review some basic vocabulary words they have already seen and are necessary for the lesson. This lesson does not have any particular vocabulary required before reading.
Next, I read the passage out loud as students follow along.
Next, I ask them to read the passage silently to themselves and make marks in the margins, circling new words, underlining key ideas. (Each reading page has space on the right hand side for notes)
I then go through each question and encourage students to volunteer answers. I also have used techniques like think-pair-share to encourage more student participation.
I know as a science teacher, I often struggle to find a lesson a substitute can complete with them. This works as a great substitute lesson! Substitute teachers can read the article with the students and help them answer the questions. An answer key is also provided to help you (or your substitute).
Pages 1-3: Reading Passage and Periodogram graph
Pages 4-5: Close Reading Text-Dependent Questions
Page 6: Larger Periodogram (just in case you want to print it larger)
Page 7: Teacher Instructions
Pages 8-9: Answer Key
If you want more Science Literacy Readings, check out my other readings!
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