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Teachers’ Workshop: Linking Literature to Math and Science

BOONE–A $30,000 Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development grant has been awarded to Appalachian State University to help teachers integrate mathematics and science with children’s literature.

Area teachers are invited to apply for the institute “Using Children’s Literature to Teach Mathematics and Sciences Grades K-2,” offered through the university’s Mathematics and Science Education Center (MSEC). Sessions will be held June 26-30, Sept. 9, Nov. 10-11, Jan. 26-27, 2001, and March 30, 2001. The grant funds instruction for 24 teachers.

The institute’s goal is to enable teachers and their students to see parallels between language arts and mathematics and science instead of thinking of them as isolated curricula. Educators believe that children will perform better on end-of-year testing in all disciplines if they understand the relationships between reading, math and science.

Grade-appropriate mathematics concepts will be presented to teachers using the popular science literature series “Magic School Bus.” A different science book will be featured each day. Participants also will examine related poems, stories, videotapes, computer software and CD-ROMS.

The program will use materials from the MSEC and the Instructional Materials Center in Appalachian’s Belk Library. The grant also provides books and materials that teachers can take home to their classroom.

Institute instructors will be Appalachian mathematics education professor Dr. Betty Long and East Tennessee State University children’s literature professor Dr. Leslie Perry.

Participants will receive $50 per day stipends, teaching materials, daily lunch, mileage and six recertification credits, including one in technology.

Those interested should contact Appalachian’s Mathematics and Science Education Center, Walker Hall, Boone, NC 28608, (828) 262-3185.