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Science for English Language Learners: K-12 Classroom Strategies

Edited by Ann K. Fathman, David T. Crowther


Teachers with linguistically and culturally diverse students need a strong foundation in how best to teach both science and language.

Science for English Language Learners is a comprehensive guide that expands expertise in teaching science content and processes, in language development and literacy, and in inquiry-based teaching.

Former WestEd staff member Ursula Sexton contributes a model lesson describing what these approaches look like in Earth science. Designed for easy use, the book is divided into four sections:

  • An overview of major themes, principles, and practices that science and English teaching share
  • Practical classroom strategies for planning, teaching, assessing, and extending learning
  • Models for lesson and curriculum development from both language and science educators
  • Helpful context, including an overview of science and English-as-a-second-language standards; research and instructional practices; and ways to integrate science, language, and literacy

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-0-87355-253-0
Copyright: 2006
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 200
Publisher: NSTA Press

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Praise for this Resource

  • “In addition to providing a rich foundation of instructional practices (“Parallels in Language and Science Teaching”), the editors offer effective teaching strategies and models for lesson development including standards and assessment frames. An excellent tool for classroom teachers, teacher educators, and resource teachers working with individual students or small groups.”

    Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal, Fall 2006