Balanced Literacy in Elementary Science Classrooms
Description: Balanced Literacy in Elementary Science Classrooms (BLESC) is designed to improve teacher quality in the areas of science and reading/language arts. The goals of the project include the development of teacher understanding and use of balanced literacy approaches in science classrooms and the effective teaching of science content.
Using inquiry-based teaching and learning strategies, project participants will design action plans that incorporate balanced literacy and science in the elementary classrooms.
Teachers will also create action plans that develop school-based leadership skills that covey their learning in this project to colleagues in their building. The rationale for the project is based on information collected from grant planning meetings (sponsored by funds from the Wisconsin Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA Improving Teacher Quality Program).
The information that was used to aid in the design of the proposed project BLESC is based on local teacher needs, education standards, and research on improving the quality of science and balanced literacy instruction.
Goals: Project goals are based on seven needs identified during planning meetings conducted during 2002-03 with a cadre of MPS science teachers:
Teachers also called for a project that demonstrates strategies to integrate subjects using instructional themes such as inquiry-based teaching and learning. Lack of content knowledge in science was seen as a need to be met through providing science content that is aligned to the newly adopted MPS text activities.