- Literacy-Infused Science
The power of infusing science and literacy in early education.
Boost learning by integrating literacy into science
Studies show that kids who have not been exposed to science by kindergarten are already likely to fall behind—and stay behind. That’s why it’s imperative that students start science education in the primary grades.
With a focus on reading, writing, and math in the early years, finding space for science during the crowded school day might seem complicated and even intimidating. There is a solution, though. Integrating science and literacy is the answer. With ExploreLearning Science4Us, it’s easy to make time for science and merge it with literacy because each lesson is embedded with essential literacy skills designed for the needs of the youngest learners. The key K-2 literacy skills are standards-aligned and fully supported for easy use with Science4Us.
Why science and literacy go hand in hand for grades K-2
How can literacy be added to science class? It’s already there! Because speaking, listening, reading, and writing directly connect to STEM teaching, combining science and literacy in the classroom makes sense. Every scientist uses literacy skills when communicating ideas through writing and speaking. They make predictions and inferences based on evidence and background knowledge. Scientists use science concepts to compare and contrast. They learn to understand why the sequence of events is so important. Science concepts and literacy skills work in tandem to expand understanding in grades K-2, paving the way for success in future courses and career choices.
While students investigate and explore concepts through Science4Us, they use the necessary skills for learning to read for understanding. Academic and science vocabulary opens the door for many critical literacy components, such as letter knowledge, print awareness, and phonological and phonemic awareness. Discussing and writing about experiments and investigations allows students to express their thoughts and ideas. Science4Us makes it easy with teacher-ready lessons and our Educator Resource Hub!
Building strong literacy skills through scientific inquiry
Science class is the perfect avenue for teaching literacy skills. When students use analytical thinking through STEM and combine it with literacy in early childhood education, they understand how to tackle problems with curiosity and confidence. Presenting literacy skills with STEM sets them up to be academic risk-takers and lifelong learners.
With Science4Us, teaching science in grades K-2 has never been easier. Kids get hands-on with science and literacy skills in every lesson designed for various learning experiences and modalities. From systematic syllable practice to vocabulary lessons, the Science4Us curriculum integrates literacy wherever possible.
What else? Here are just a few of the literacy skills students experience in Science4Us lessons:
- Making predictions
- Cause and effect
- Comparing and contrasting
- Note taking
- Musical connections with song, dance, and instruments
- Peer conversations
- Graphic organizers
Science4Us covers Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science through the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) with standards-aligned lessons specifically designed for early learners. Science4Us builds the proper foundation to use Gizmos starting in third grade, which is just another bonus! With 1000s of online and offline activities that can be completed in as little as 10 minutes, success is at your fingertips!
Creating lifelong readers and scientists with tools for success
Reading encourages curiosity, and that’s what science is all about! With Science4Us, students grow to understand that readers are also scientists through science lessons infused with literacy.
Science4Us takes STEM concepts and extends them further through the power of literacy. Make that connection last a lifetime. Read scientific texts and stories out loud to bring the words to life. Ask questions and encourage discussion. Teachers can inspire lasting effects through consistent, engaging exposure to literacy and science. Science4Us is the perfect way to start.
Without literacy, there is no communication. Without communication, there is no science.
ExploreLearning Science4Us—a stronger science foundation
Science4Us is a research-proven program that gives kids in grades K-2 a strong science foundation. Read the McREL study and find out why students who used Science4Us in their classrooms showed more significant gains than those who did not use the program.
Everybody's Talking About Science4Us
Science skills are often difficult to acquire. Science4Us makes it fun and opens doors to students who have shut down science. Science in the past is something they thought they couldn’t learn. Now they can.- Science4Us Director, Advance Learning Academy, FL
Science4Us is a huge resource for my classroom. I love to see how the videos, songs and activities encourage students to think in new ways about the things they experience. My students look forward to science time every day!- Science4Us Teacher, Advance Learning Academy, FL
My students need to start science early to prepare for later grades. Science4Us gives them that foundation for science that they need. It’s also an avenue for critical thinking and problem-solving, skills they can apply across all domains.- Science4Us Principal, Broward County Public Schools, FL
Science4Us meets the needs of our digital natives. It allows them to do experiments, practice reading skills and produce math in relation to science. My second graders LOVED it. They really enjoyed the interactive notebook and being able to go back and see how their ideas changed as they learned more.- Science4Us Teacher, Palm Beach County Public School District, FL
When I walk down the halls, kids grab me by the legs and say, ‘we’re going to science!’ I was amazed because I hadn’t heard that enthusiasm from students before. Science4Us shows students how fun learning science can be and that they can do science. It involves them more [in learning] and says, ‘now you do it!’- Science4Us Teacher, Broward County Public Schools, FL
Take your own tour of Science4Us
The program provides comprehensive lesson plans and embedded professional development. Science4Us has everything you need for whole groups, small groups, or 1:1, offering plenty of ways to practice and expand. What about science centers? Yes, Science4Us makes it easy to assign for centers, too.
With 28 modules ready to deliver literacy-infused science lessons to your K-2 students, what are you waiting for? Take out a Science4Us trial today!Sign Up For Free Get a Quote