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.

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

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