Have you ever asked your students what a chart or graph means and heard crickets? Providing STEM sentence starters help students learn how to analyze their data.
Sentence starters are the training wheels of a STEM analysis. They support higher language proficiency and better academic language. They also help students learn how to formulate complex statements that are supported with facts and evidence.
Students learn from the teacher as he/she is modelling how to write sentences that make a claim and are supported by evidence but, how will students remember to write sentences like that unless they are constantly being exposed to that content?
By either posting a list of STEM Starters in the classroom or taping them in STEM Notebooks, students can refer to them to build their language skills while they learn how to convey their knowledge about science.
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Lane specializes in STEM education, curriculum design and professional development and makes teachers’ lives easier through innovative, standards-based STEM lessons.