Calif. district increases science learning for elementary students

06/5/2010 | Oakland Tribune (Calif.), The

Students in Oakland elementary schools will receive 60 to 90 minutes of science instruction each week under a requirement set to be rolled out by 2011. Many teachers say science has taken a back seat to reading, writing and math, which are used to evaluate student achievement and schools, but some teachers are finding success combining the subjects. "They will spend a long time on their science journal entries," one teacher said of students who write about worms. "It feeds their natural interest in exploring the world. That's what kids are built to do."

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