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Helping students learn the language of science

from NSTA Blog

Science students at all grade levels often struggle with the vocabulary. It's as if we're all SLLs — Science Language Learners. Textbooks and websites are full of specialized words that challenge our students. Some are technical and relate specifically to science (e.g., photosynthesis, thermodynamics, plate tectonics) while others have meanings in science that differ from common usage (e.g., theory, hypothesis, matter). Sometimes we think that students understand a word, only to find out on an assessment that they are confused. more

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