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Learning Design

Science and Literacy

It is well-established that students need the opportunity to engage in the practices of science through hands-on  experiences. However, there is growing recognition that knowing science also involves reading and writing about it, and engaging in talk and debate as scientists do. Learners who master these key skills are better prepared for college.


The Hall's curriculum programs address the importance of engaging in literacy practices through the use of science readers and science notebooks, and through complete integration of science and literacy. Our offer:

  1. Tried-and-true programs like FOSS, GEMS, and SEPUP that have added opportunities for students to read and write, through the addition of components like science notebooks and science readings.
    Learn more about our Curriculum programs.
  2. Newer curriculum approaches, like the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading’s elementary program, that takes on the teaching of literacy practices in addition to science, through the creation of a combined science and literacy curriculum. This approach, enabling elementary teachers to cultivate literacy learning in the context of science, has been recognized as a pioneering approach, and one that holds particular promise for struggling students.
    Learn more about Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading.