The NYS Common Core English Language Arts modules for elementary and middle school students are extended - integrated models of curriculum that infuse other subjects, such as science - into the curriculum.
"The ELA modules that include science are not meant to replace science instruction in the classroom but to enhance it," said JPS ELA Coordinator Annette Miller. "The modules are focused on literacy but include science topics to help students make connections across content areas, encouraging students to transfer and retain knowledge and understand topics. It makes learning much more meaningful for students as it builds real-life knowledge of the world."
The articles below showcase three ELA modules in different grade levels based on science: Astronomy, Adaptations and the Wide World of Frogs and Biodiversity in Rainforests of the Western Hemisphere.
However, these are only a few of the science-related ELA modules. Prekindergarten students complete separate ELA modules on animals, plants and habitats. Kindergarteners study the five senses, plants, and seasons and the weather. First-grade students delve into the human body, astronomy and animals and habitats. Second graders learn more about cycles in nature, insects and the human body: building blocks and nutrition. Third graders learn about adaptations and frogs and the role of freshwater around the world. Fourth graders discover simple machines: force and motion and fifth graders learn more about biodiversity in the rainforest and natural disasters in the Western Hemisphere.
The ELA modules are purposely set up to build upon one another. For example, students begin learning about the five senses through literacy in kindergarten. First graders study the human body and then in second grade, the building blocks and nutrition for the human body. All of the ELA modules use fiction, non-fiction, activities, writing, speaking and listening skills with the goal to build student's literacy skills.