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Literacy in STEM

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Reading Science News

This article begins by defining science literacy and continues on to explain how to promote it by reading science news articles from the media. The author suggests having students evaluate the content of the articles and present their findings. This type of activity can help students understand science, and they're able to enhance their reading, writing, and public speaking skills in the process.
Seabird Mystery Lesson

This lesson comes from an National Science Teaching Association article. The lesson blends literacy and inquiry while also teaching about sustainability. It is centered around an environmental phenomenon called the "Hot Blob," which has disrupted the marine food chain.
Naming the Solar System

This article was also sourced from NSTA. The author provides examples of how to promote literacy in science, including the Frayer model and word walls. She also provides some online resources that helped students learn vocabulary terms, including Lexipedia and Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary. She also discusses the importance of students working together to build scientific literacy.
Georgeann Hester 
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