The Learning Design Group is committed to providing resources that bridge research and practice. Therefore, in addition to resources for building teacher capacity, such as professional learning opportunities and downloadable instructional materials, we also offer archived presentations, articles, and research reports to meet the needs and interests of our community.
Research - Evaluation of Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading: Effective Tools for Developing Literacy through Science in the Early Grades. The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA
By Pete Goldchmidt
The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles conducted a study on the grades 3–4 unit Light Energy. The study compared student learning from the Light Energy... more
Research - Exploring the Influence of Science Writing Instruction on Fourth Graders’ Writing Development
By Jennifer L. Tilson, Jill Castek, and Megan Goss
This paper, presented at the National Reading Conference in December 2009, examines the affordances of an integrated science-literacy curriculum on students' writing development. As part of the efficacy study on the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading... more
By Gina N. Cervetti, P. David Pearson, Jacqueline Barber, Elfrieda H. Hiebert, and Marco A. Bravo
In this chapter, the authors review the research base that informs the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® curriculum, and trace the development of the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® model. Each guiding principle of the curriculum is... more
By Gina N. Cervetti, P. David Pearson, Marco A. Bravo, Jacqueline Barber
This paper presents a working model of the science-literacy interface. The authors include insights gained from developing theSeeds of Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® program, and guidance for educators in shaping an appropriate and... more
Research - The Effect of the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading Curriculum (Planets and Moons Unit) for Developing Literacy through Science in Fifth Grade)
By Luke Duesbery, Jacob Werblow, and Todd Twyman
This is an evaluation which examined the Planets and Moons unit of the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® curriculum to determine the efficacy of the curriculum on general education students and ELL students.
By Traci Wierman
Learn how the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® program uses the Do-it, Talk-it, Read-it, Write-it approach to engage students with important learning goals in science and literacy.