Why do we have to learn this? I just love when my students ask this. No seriously! It shows that they are making valid connections between their learning and how they might apply it. Adults ask this all the time, but it is often a frustrating question for teachers address when they are working to cover content under time constraints. On more than one occasion this has come up when I work on writing skills in science, probably because we do A LOT of writing in science. So here is how I answer it...
Communication is inherent in the science process. Here are some reasons that scientists need strong writing skills. Share them with your students!
There are just a few ways that writing skills relate to careers in science!
Would you like to display these signs in your classroom?
Explicit writing instruction has a valuable place in every science classroom.
Do you teach these writing skills in science class?
If you are looking for materials for teaching writing in science class, check out:
Writing is a core skill that relates to all subject areas! Collaborate with your team of teachers to incorporate writing skills work in every class. Check out these other writing skills resources for ELA, MATH and SOCIAL STUDIES.
Writing Skills in ELA - Writing Responses with Text-Based Evidence
Math Writing Skills - How to Write in Math
Social Studies Writing Skills - How to Avoid Plagiarism