S1-03: Ways to Integrate Literacy Skills into a K–8 Science Classroom: Rebecca Abbott

In this episode, our host Eric Cross discusses the importance of integrating literacy skills into science instruction with Rebecca Abbott, Professional Learning Lead at the Lawerence Hall of Science at UC Berkley. Listen in as Rebecca challenges science educators to weave together vocabulary, background knowledge, and an understanding of language structures to help students make sense of complex science texts. Eric and Rebecca chat about ways to infuse literacy in the service of science.

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What Rebecca Abbott says about science

“It’s not like you need to teach language arts or literacy in a separate block … but really you can think about them merging together.”

- Rebecca Abbott
Professional Learning Lead for The Learning Design Group, UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science

Meet the guest

Rebecca Abbott is the Professional Learning Lead for The Learning Design Group at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, the research and curriculum development team that created Amplify Science. In her 10 years at The Lawrence, she has been supporting instructional leaders and teachers in implementing research-based science instructional materials and approaches, often traveling to work with educators in various parts of the country or meeting them on Zoom. Before coming to the Hall, Rebecca taught in San Francisco Bay Area schools for many years, finding her sweet spot as a third grade teacher, and then later as a K-5 interdisciplinary instructional coach and English learner specialist. When she’s not working to integrate science and literacy, you can find her spending her time outdoors on various adventures in the mountains and on the coast of Northern California.

About Science Connections: The podcast

Welcome to Science Connections: The Podcast! Science is changing before our eyes, now more than ever. So…how do we help kids figure that out? We will bring on educators, scientists, and more to discuss the importance of high-quality science instruction. In this episode, hear from our host Eric Cross about his work engaging students as a K-8 science teacher.