I do not have one right now, but the during my Thinkfinity training that I will conduct at my school in September, this will be the topic. In Maryland each disctrict is required to create transdisciplinary lessons. During the Maryland Educator Effectiveness academy in July, our STEM group read an article from a scienctific journal after engaging in a physics experiment.
I think the main way is by helping students navigate through these books, giving them the tools to know HOW to read nonfiction, the parts of nonfiction, and teaching them how not to race through these books because of all the information contained in them. We used to always start our school year guided reading groups with realistic fiction, until we saw how our students were struggling with our new science and social studies series. Now, we teach our nonfiction unit first, making it fun, with lots of activities, book hunts, etc.
Literacy teachers should work together with the STEM teachers to help them find ways to engage students with literate activities within the content areas. Rather than plopping a reading strategy into an activity, think of multiple literacies as tools to use to learn the content. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and designing multimedia are all tools that teachers can use to introduce the content. Likewise, these are tools students can use to expand their learning of the content. Here are some creative lesson ideas teachers can use that combine literacy with the STEM subjects http://www.readwritethink.org/util/site-demonstrations.html#presentations This is a presentation from this year's International Reading Association conference in Orlando.
Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed some resources that literacy teachers might find helpful...
Science NetLinks, Project Director
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Check out latest blog entry in the Virginia state group:
It connects particular Virginia English SOL with Science and Math SOL. Other states might find it useful to see the connections!