Scientific Reasoning: Examining Science Trade Books, Science Trade Book
Read Alouds, and Children's Explanatory Science Writing
scientific reasoning in various forms found in elementary classrooms.
We first present background information on the prevalence of reasoning
and explanation in typical elementary science lessons. We next offer
two systems for considering scientific reasoning. The first is a system
for examining the text of science trade books for explanatory sections,
as these sections appear to increase teachers' reasoning efforts with
children. The second system reflects moves teachers make as they read
trade books for science instruction; here we will be focusing mainly on
the types of statements and comments that support scientific reasoning.
Teachers will then be supported in examining and then reading books in
a way that emphasizes scientific reasoning. The session concludes with
a look at K-5 children's use of scientific reasoning as demonstrated in
their explanation writing.