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Science and Literacy Instruction: You Don’t Have to Choose

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Rebecca Abbott, Professional Learning Lead, UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science

Sponsored by Amplify Science

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How is a knowledge-rich curriculum essential for the development of literacy proficiency? How can making room for science in grades K-5 enable you to prepare your students to make sense of the world in which we live while strengthening their abilities to read, write, listen and speak? Join Rebecca Abbott from the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science to explore the relationship between literacy and science instruction.

In this edWebinar, Rebecca examines how the shifts in the science standards invite convergence with ELA and math. She shares research that shows how this can not only help strategically make room for science in packed instructional calendars but also results in more effective ways for students to learn both science and literacy. Attendees will see examples to help them envision how a focus on science can help achieve instructional goals in their classrooms and remotely.

So much of what scientists do is reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the natural world. To prepare the next generation of scientists and critical thinkers, we need to combine what we know about excellent literacy instruction with what we know about excellent science instruction. Situating literacy instruction in a content area like science brings with it several benefits:

  • It helps students develop ways of thinking that are characteristic to the discipline.
  • It offers opportunities to refine sense-making skills that are essential to both disciplines.
  • It provides an authentic reason for reading and writing—to better understand science ideas under study.

This recorded  edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through middle school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. 


Rebecca AbbottAbout the Presenter

Rebecca Abbott is the professional learning lead for the Learning Design Group at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. For the last seven years, she has been providing support for teachers and district leaders implementing Learning Design Group approaches and curricula, and currently leads the Hall’s professional learning efforts nationwide for their research-based and NGSS-designed curriculum, Amplify Science. She taught for 17 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, including serving as an interdisciplinary K–5 instructional coach in Oakland, CA.


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Monday, March 22, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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