Course Details

Reading in the Science Classroom: A Teacher Professional Development Course

Recognizing the strong ties between science, language, and literacy, the goal of this course is to set you on the road to developing a reading program which provides students the preparation needed to read about science as an informed citizen or like a scientist depending on their interests and academic direction in life. It provides an example framework which will become the foundation for a science reading program.  Dr. Gerber also demonstrates how, through the monthly journal Science Books & Films, (SB&F) teachers, librarians, curriculum directors, and others with interests in teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can access reviews of the latest informational texts in the form of trade books.

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Course Author

image of D. Timothy Gerber, Ph.D.

Instructor: D. Timothy Gerber, Ph.D.

Timothy Gerber, Ph.D. is a professor in the River Studies Center and Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL), where he currently teaches aquatic plant biology, plant identification, plant taxonomy and other courses at UWL. His research interests focus on exotic aquatic plant species control. STEM education at all grade levels has been a focus over his entire professional career which includes teaching at the middle school, high school, 2-year college and university levels. Since 2006 Dr. Gerber has worked with UWL library staff and others on STEM reading initiatives revolving around high quality STEM trade book collection development.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour

  • Understanding the strong connections between science, language and literacy
  • Develop strategies for interdisciplinary connections of reading to STEM content across the K-12 curriculum
  • Understanding the student preparation necessary for reading informational text at the college and career level
  • Provide the activities necessary to begin the integration of a reading program

Reflective Questions

Polling Questions

Action Plan

Certificate of completion

  • Earn 1 PDH

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