Integrating Science and Reading

Integrating science and reading is super easy when you use a text to anchor both domains. While my examples are from our apple theme, you can apply these ideas to any theme.


Easy examples to help you integrate science and reading skills in your special education classrooms. These ideas are easily applied to any theme unit.

We have been studying apples all week. We have been reading books, doing crafts, learning associated vocabulary and have worked on the life cycle of an apple. We introduced the apple life cycle through our interactive book:



We then read the big book, I Am An Apple by Jean Marzollo. It is a fantastic book about the life cycle with clear illustrations to help students really understand what is happening.



Next, we wrote a group paragraph about the book on our white board.

Easy examples to help you integrate science and reading skills in your special education classrooms. These ideas are easily applied to any theme unit.

After reading the book, we started by talking about the title and author. Next, we begin writing the paragraph. Since it is early in the school year, I am writing a lot of the words. My writing is in black and students are sharing the orange dry erase marker.  

Here are some of the ways we accommodated the different skill levels of students in the group. We didn't break the group up by skill level. We wrote this paragraph with students of all different levels from working on letter identification up to students who are working on reading fluently and decoding skills.

*Have students spell words for each other... one student is practicing letter identification and the other is working on listening to a peer and writing/spelling words. 

*Have students copy words other students have already sounded out and spelled.

*Have students work together to stretch out and identify spelling patterns in words.  For example, I wrote the word 'turned' but we sounded it out together. Students identified the beginning and ending sounds in 'turn' while another student added the 2 letters that make the word past tense. 

*Integrate students with communication devices by having them use their device to spell words, to fill in blanks, to describe colors, etc. 

Read more about running group lessons with mixed groupings HERE.

Easy examples to help you integrate science and reading skills in your special education classrooms. These ideas are easily applied to any theme unit.

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