Science: The Perfect Portal to Literacy


Science: The Perfect Portal to Literacy

This is a repeat from last summer’s science posts, with a few additions. Science is still one of the best ways to engage kids in their world.


Although science is important in its own right, it’s also a wonderful tool for boosting literacy skills. Science has lots going for it:
  • Science is engaging and can stretch time engaged in learning.
  • Science prompts questions and sends you to books.
  • Science makes you want to learn more and prompts more questions.
  • Science invites writing: observations, cool facts, questions…
  • Science prompts sharing and conversation: Look what I just found! Listen to this, I just read…
The list could be much longer. So I suggest, how about making this a Science Summer?


Monday’s books can be a good place to start. The links below can be a good place to start, too. Each site offers a ton of ideas in all sorts of science topics. Explore! Experiment! Create!


Growing Readers! Literacy in the Sciences from Reading Rockets (a wonderful resource for all aspects of literacy)
This link includes a long list of Literacy in the Sciences Tip Sheets, including:
  • Outdoor Explorations
  • Steps of the Scientific Process
  • STEM Tools at Home
  • Making Predictions
  • Taking Measurements
  • Recording Observations: Journals and Field Notes
  • Recording Observations: Capturing and Sharing Images
  • and lots more
ZoomSci: Mix Hot Science with Your Cool Ideas! from PBSKids 
This site offers activities in chemistry, engineering, the 5 senses, force and energy, life science, patterns, sound, structures, and water.


Science Activities and Experiments from 
This site offers activities the 5 senses, simple experiments, colors, physical science, earth and space science, life science, plants, animals and the earth, weather and seasons, nature activities, chemistry, and environmental science.


Science for Kids from Science Kids 
There are science facts, experiments, games, quizzes, and more science fun.


24 Kids’ Science Experiments That Adults Can Enjoy, Too from BuzzFeed DIY 
Projects include making transparent eggs, a lava lamp, dancing oobleck, and more.


Science Activities for Kids from Kid Pointz 
There are 169 activities that can be sorted by grade level.


Summer is the perfect time to engage in science activities and explorations. Give it a try!


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