Linking Science and Literacy with Picture Books – #readilearn

Last month, I was invited by the Science Teachers Association of Queensland (STAQ) to present a talk about using picture books in science lessons as part of their Growing Science webinars in the lead up to Science Week. What a great opportunity — picture books and science. What’s to not like? Picture books are one of the best ways I know of turning young children onto two of my favourite things — reading and learning.

You can find out more about the webinar series and access recordings and free resources on the STAQ website here.

Below is a brief version of the article I wrote as the basis of my presentation.

You can access the entire article in the zip folder Using Picture Books in Science Lessons, which also includes other handouts I provided to support my talk.

You can listen to the talk via this link or watch it below.

Linking science and literacy

Language is as important to the science curriculum as it is to the English curriculum. Science is another context in which language is used and must be learned.

In this article I’m going to show you some ways of including picture books in your science lessons.

Many of the skills required by science are also literacy skills; skills such as:

 

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28 thoughts on “Linking Science and Literacy with Picture Books – #readilearn

  1. calmkate

    congrats on your presentation Norah and great to pair pictures with science …

    I’m a science dunce as the public system couldn’t provide a science teacher for 2 years! When we finally got one it was full on cramming for the exams …

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Brava, Norah. “Language is as important to the science curriculum as it is to the English curriculum. Science is another context in which language is used and must be learned.” You could also say this for math, social studies… you brought me back and yes, reminded me that while picture books were fun and useful, accuracy and precise vocabulary were important and not always there.(Are) And so could be another learning opportunity and can hone critical thinking skills. I like your balanced commonsense.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thanks so much for your support, D. I did include quite a bit about critical thinking in my talk, and linked to another article on the topic. It’s so important.

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