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Strategies for Reading the Science Textbook

There are several reading strategies that can be taught to students to help them access rigorous content in science text books. These tools can be given to scaffold reading before, during, and after students have read sections or chapters of a science textbook. Open the following links to see the templates that can be used in your science course:

Before Reading the Science Textbook

Have students answer all applicable questions on the Prereading a Textbook for Science worksheet before reading the entire text. 

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Another way students can prepare for reading is by watching a video. In this investigation, students view a video on the properties of water and something they may be familiar with, the water strider.

 

The teacher uses the Water Strider video as a prereading activity when she asks students to add to or revise their K-W-L charts

During Reading the Science Textbook

Have students fill out the Vocabulary Awareness Chart while reading the text. This strategy will help tap into their background knowledge.

Watch this video clip to see students using The Vocabulary Awareness Chart. The reading is an excerpt from their science textbook that has been photocopied to allow students to annotate.

After Reading the Science Textbook

Have students complete this graphic organizer by summarizing the main ideas and details of the text or chapter.

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