The power and potential of literature to learn science has long been recognized by both science and literacy specialists. Literature is often a child's first introduction to science and the first encounter with the concept of science and the role of scientists. The problem is that much science literature focuses mostly on the scientist or the science. This article responds to the imbalanced portrayal between science and scientist in children’s literature. It also discusses the value of scientific picturebook biography to teach science, introduces the notion of Way-In and Stay-In texts, and provides examples of both types of texts along with instructional strategies that can be used to teach disciplinary core ideas in Life Science. Core ideas include: From molecules to organisms: structures and processes; Ecosystems: interactions, energy, and dynamics; Heredity: inheritance and variation of traits: Biological evolution: unity and diversity. It ends with final thoughts.
Bintz, William P.
"Using Way-In and Stay-In Scientific Picturebooks To Learn About Science and Scientists,"
Michigan Reading Journal: Vol. 55:
3, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/mrj/vol55/iss3/9
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