Strategy Guides

Strategy Guides highlight some of the most powerful instructional strategies from the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading integrated curriculum. Each Strategy Guide provides a description of one of these strategies, an overview of how to teach the strategy with many science texts, and a specific plan for teaching the strategy with a Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading book.

Gathering Information from Science Texts3-4Weather Encyclopedia
Gathering Information from Science Texts4-5Tabletop Pond Guide
Interpreting Visual Representations2-3What’s Stronger? The Forces that Cause Erosion
Interpreting Visual Representations2-3Forces
Interpreting Visual Representations3-4Sunlight and Showers
Interpreting Visual Representations4-5Phase Change at Extremes
Interpreting Visual Representations4-5Investigating Crayfish
Searching for Information in Science Texts2-3Handbook of Sandy Beach Organisms
Searching for Information in Science Texts3-4Handbook of Body Systems
Searching for Information in Science Texts3-4The Handbook of Light Interactions
Teaching About Multiple Meaning Words*2-3My Sea Otter Report
Teaching About Multiple Meaning Words*3-4Falling Through the Atmosphere
Teaching Concept Mapping2-3What Belongs on a Beach?
Teaching Concept Mapping2-3Mystery Forces
Teaching Concept Mapping3-4It’s All Energy
Teaching Concept Mapping4-5What Makes Living Things Go?
Teaching Text Structure2-3The Black Tide
Teaching Text Structure2-3The Handbook of Forest Floor Animals
Teaching Text Structure2-3Jelly Bean Scientist
Teaching Text Structure3-4Water in the Desert
Teaching Text Structure4-5What Happens to the Atoms?
Teaching Text Structure4-5Ecosystem News
Using Anticipation Guides*2-3Solving Dissolving
Using Anticipation Guides*2-3Gravity Is Everywhere
Using Anticipation Guides*4-5Tomato Landers
Using Science Text to Visualize4-5Spinning Through Space
Using Text Features2-3What Lives on a Sandy Beach?
Using Text Features2-3Earthworms Underground
Using Text Features3-4Wet Weather Handbook
Using Visual Evidence to Make Inferences3-4Mystery Mouths
Teaching Procedural Writing2-3Bursting Bubbles: The Story of an Improved Investigation
Teaching Process Description Writing3-4Voyage of a Cracker
Teaching Scientific Comparison Writing3-4Blue Whales and Buttercups
Teaching Scientific Comparison Writing4-5Handbook of Planets and Moons
Teaching Scientific Comparison Writing4-5Ecosystems Around the World
Teaching Scientific Description Writing4-5Visit to a Pond
Teaching Scientific Explanation Writing3-4Light Strikes!
Teaching Scientific Explanation Writing4-5Chemical Reactions Everywhere
Teaching Scientific Explanations2-3Gary’s Sand Journal
Teaching Scientific Explanations2-3Handbook of Interesting Ingredients
Teaching Summary Writing3-4The Speed of Light
Teaching Summary Writing4-5Made of Matter
Connecting Science and Everyday Words2-3What Are Roots?
Connecting Science and Everyday Words3-4Go with the Flow: Making Models of Streams
Connecting Science and Everyday Words4-5Exploring Planets and Moons
Promoting Word Consciousness4-5Communicating Chemistry
Promoting Word Consciousness4-5Technology for Exploration
Teaching About Idioms*3-4Can You See in the Dark?
Teaching Vocabulary with Science Texts*2-3Beach Postcards
Teaching Vocabulary with Science Texts*3-4Cameras, Eyes, and Glasses
Teaching Vocabulary with Science Texts*4-5Making a Difference
Using Discourse Circles2-3Without Soil
Using Discourse Circles2-3What if Rainboots Were Made of Paper?
Using Discourse Circles3-4The Code
Using Discourse Circles4-5What About Pluto?
Using Discourse Routines with Science Texts2-3Into the Soil
Using Discourse Routines with Science Texts3-4I See What You Mean
Using Roundtable Discussions4-5Break It Down: How Scientists Separate Mixtures
Using Roundtable Discussions4-5Dragonfly Explanations
Using the Cognates Strategy*2-3Walk in the Woods
Using the Cognates Strategy*3-4Drinking Cleopatra’s Tears
Using the Cognates Strategy*4-5How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
Nature of Science/Inquiry
Analyzing Part-to-Whole Relationships3-4Systems
Making Sense of Data in Science Texts2-3Snail Investigations
Making Sense of Data in Science Texts2-3What My Sister Taught Me About Magnets
Making Sense of Data in Science Texts3-4What’s the Diagnosis?
Making Sense of Data in Science Texts3-4What’s Going on With the Weather?
Making Sense of Data in Science Texts4-5Eat and Be Eaten: How an Ecologist Uses Food Webs
Posing Investigation Questions4-5Handbook of Chemical Investigations
Taking Notes Based on Observations2-3My Nature Notebook
Taking Notes Based on Observations3-4Sky Notebook
Taking Notes Based on Observations4-5Observing the Moon
Teaching About How Scientists Make Inferences4-5Science You Can’t See
Teaching About How Scientists Use Models4-5Planetary Scientist
Teaching About the Nature and Practices of Science3-4Evidence from the Past
Teaching About the Nature and Practices of Science3-4Secrets of the Stomach
Teaching About the Nature and Practices of Science3-4Why Do Scientists Disagree?
Teaching About the Nature and Practices of Science3-4Tornado! A Meteorologist and Her Prediction
Teaching About the Nature of Science2-3Shoreline Scientist
Teaching About the Nature of Science2-3Talking with a Habitat Scientist
Teaching About the Nature of Science2-3Jess Makes Hair Gel

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