Journal article

Using in-depth science instruction to accelerate student achievement in science and reading comprehension in grades 1 - 2

MR Vitale, NR Romance

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education | Published : 2012


This study focused on accelerating development of science knowledge and understanding at the primary level (grades 1 - 2) as a means for enhancing reading comprehension (i. e. early literacy). An adaptation of a grade 3 - 5 cognitive-science-based, instructional model (Science IDEAS) that integrated science with reading and writing, this year-long study implemented daily 45-min instructional periods emphasizing in-depth, cumulative learning of science core-concept "clusters" while integrating science and literacy in a manner that provided teachers with a thematic focus for all aspects of instruction. Results (a) confirmed the feasibility of implementing the integrated, in-depth science model..

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