Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
Katherine Vinje Stark
The research question addressed in this capstone was, How can science and literacy be integrated in a fifth grade curriculum? This capstone describes current research in science education, reading motivation and engagement, and the science and literacy connection. The goal of this capstone was to create a unit that would captivate students’ interests in science and use that interest as a catalyst to grow their literacy skills. This unit is designed to be used in a 5th grade Spanish immersion classroom centered on the themes of life science and non-fiction reading. The accompanying curriculum utilizes the Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) Framework of John T. Guthrie (2004) to teach the two content areas of science and literacy in tandem. This capstone provides a 7-week unit which details the use of the CORI framework, links these strategies to research, and describes how this approach leads to greater reading motivation and achievement in science.
Hellen, Kathryn J., "HOW CAN SCIENCE AND LITERACY BE INTEGRATED IN A FIFTH GRADE CIRRICULUM?" (2016). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 4240.