Boost reading, writing and math
Stile deeply integrates the Common Core Standards.
Promoting reading and writing in the science classroom
Stile integrates opportunities to learn and practice reading and writing skills throughout all lessons. Creative and persuasive writing activities are included to challenge students to make connections while improving their reading and writing skills. For example, students are introduced to the nervous system through the context of dogs that can sniff out cancer and, after exploring stimulus-response pathways, write a report about the role of synapses.
Students apply reading comprehension skills in most lessons. They are tested with different question types, such as definition matching tasks and fill-in-the-blank questions, to ensure they have understood the terminology before moving to higher-order questions. Science news stories are lessons that require students to draw on their comprehension skills as they learn about relevant, up-to-date scientific phenomena.
Stile X, our student notebook and revision guide, further supports reading and writing skills, where students take handwritten notes. The glossary section lets them record their own definitions of scientific terminology, and in the test preparation section, they practice communicating their knowledge in written form by answering test questions. The accompanying Stile X app incorporates flashcards and quizzes to support mastery of scientific terminology. Students are also provided access to model answers as examples of fluent language use.
Science news articles
Glossary of terms
Mobile revision app
Promoting math in the science classroom
Great science teaching reinforces the fundamental math required for effective science practice. It should also draw direct links between scientific discovery and the practical technologies that result. Students should graduate from school with a working knowledge of the engineering practice that turns science into technology. Math is the language of science; it’s a core tool essential for all scientific endeavors.
Stile lessons promote math through both explicit and integrated opportunities. A set of dedicated lessons peppered throughout The Stile Curriculum explicitly build students’ math skills. For example, students are taught how to calculate measures of central tendency within the context of body systems. They are frequently asked to extract meaning from graphical representations of real-world data and are challenged to use arithmetic through our in-app tools. For example, students learn how to examine trends in data sets while analyzing real data sets on trends in vaping. Further to this, all core units intentionally integrate the application of math skills within science lessons. For example, students are taught how to calculate ratios when learning about the layers of the Earth and use this mathematical knowledge to create a scale model.
Revision materials are also provided for these skills to support the scientific process, including statistics and data interpretation. Formative assessments and end-of-unit summative assessments integrate math so teachers can easily see the learning progression of all students to inform their teaching.
Numeracy skill builders
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