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    Integrate
    By MJH

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    It's the same for me, when all is said and done there is no time left in the day for just science and social studies. A few years ago I began reading research and found out that integrating those subjects into the Reading/Language Arts block has actually proven to be more effective.

    I use my shared reading and guided reading as well as read alouds as a chance to teach my science and social studies and the students really enjoy it. I do a science theme for 3 weeks and then a social studies for 3 week so that I cover everything in the curriculum.

    Using nonfiction text has proven to strengthen my students reading comprehension skills. You use very different skills when reading nonfiction than you do fiction. Most standardized tests consist 60% or more of nonfiction text.

    I teach in an inner city system where 98% of my students are below the poverty level and as I already said they really enjoy the nonfiction and they compreheneded the text; therefore they were learning the necessary science and social studies concepts.



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