Multimodal Text Sets Linking Science and Literacy for All Learners
Math, science, and literacy initiatives are part of a $1.25 million National Institutes of Health grant that University of Missouri professors are using to develop text sets for multidisciplinary middle school lessons.
The line of inquiry in a given set is determined by an anchor text—a rich, complex grade-level text. The number of texts in a set can vary, but all are connected meaningfully to each other to deepen students’ understanding of the anchor text. The texts are strategically sequenced to build vocabulary and knowledge, with the aim of supporting diverse learners in reading high-quality, complex grade-level texts. Three text sets developed through the grant are online and available to science and English language arts teachers at no cost: “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Earth and Human Body Systems,” “Vaping: Not for the Young at Heart.”
Every year invention education experts at the National Inventors Hall of Fame develop an all-new curriculum for Camp Invention. The curriculum is filled with hands-on experiences that provide an appropriate level of challenge for students across a range of learning levels in kindergarten through grade 6.
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