How do we know it’s better?

Recognized for Innovation and effectiveness

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing student achievement in both science and literacy. Our approach is built on a recent and growing body of educational research that shows the benefits of science-literacy integration.


Independent Evaluators from the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA, found that 2nd - 3rd grade students receiving Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading instruction significantly outperformed students receiving their usual science instruction in Reading Comprehension, Science Vocabulary, and Science Content Knowledge.


Independent Evaluators from the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA, found that 3rd and 4th grade students receiving Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading instruction improved at least 3 times as much as other students in various aspects of science writing.


Preliminary results of a study under way show English language learners who experienced Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading instruction significantly outperformed other English language learners in reading comprehension, science vocabulary, and science content knowledge.

Independent evaluations compare student achievement in Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading classes to comparable control classes.
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Educational research shows the benefits of science and literacy integration, both for students’ science learning and their literacy abilities.
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Teacher Testimonials

Teachers and administrators around the country share how Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading has helped their students.

It has been a long time since a set of curriculum materials has been so readily accepted by science teachers (both novice and experienced).

- Director of district Math Science Partnership

The data speaks for itself! There’s renewed enthusiasm that you can feel walking through the school…Teachers are commenting on how much background knowledge students are coming to them with, and they are able to take them farther than they ever have before

- Science Coordinator

[Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading] involves all students, including English Language Learners. I love the Gradual Release of Responsibility, the modeling, it’s all right there and easy for teachers to do

- Principal

It’s the little books! [Teachers and students] love the little books!

- District Academic Science Coordinator

My students gained confidence and expanded their vocabulary. Each student increased reading ability and gained knowledge in science!

- 4th Grade Teacher

The unit did a great job of building the skills for writing a scientific explanation. It carried over into all expository writing.

- 3rd Grade Teacher

This is a great program for an inclusion class and/or lower functioning students. These students learned! The hands-on learning was exciting and the learners ended this unit with the desire to continue expanding their scientific knowledge and applying literacy skills daily.

- 5th Grade Teacher

Students developed the ability to reason, analyze, and comprehend difficult scientific concepts more effectively. I saw a tremendous amount of growth in a relatively short time.

- 4th Grade Teacher

The big plus which just awed me was the learning and implementing of vocabulary. My second language learners did extremely well in learning the vocabulary.

- 2nd Grade Teacher

The curriculum the district provided was so rich that I did not like missing a day of it.

- Summer school teacher