Some slots remain open for CLASSIC project to integrate science, literature in elementary school teaching

A few slots remain open for teachers of grades three through six in a five-day summer workshop from July 15-19 at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University.

Teachers have until June 15 to apply for the workshop, which is part of a project to integrate literature into a science curriculum.

The Creating Literature and Science Subject-Integrated Centers project (CLASSIC) is funded by a grant from the Eisenhower Consortium. Dr. Germaine Taggart, assistant professor of teacher education, is coordinating the project, the goal of which is to foster permanent use of literature to introduce and teach science concepts.

"Science teachers in grades three through six use a tremendous amount of literature, but they cut it off before the discussion goes anywhere," Taggart said. "With this project, we want to use literature but develop the concepts further."

After the workshop, participants will stage field trials, which they will report on at a follow-up session on Oct. 17.

The project is designed for teams of two teachers from the same district who will commit to the goals of the project and mentor each other during the project. Up to 15 teams can participate, but applications from individuals are also being accepted.

During the workshop, teachers will develop two in-depth literature-based units of study for topics in biology and earth science. These units will support hands-on learning and meet state and national standards for science, mathematics and reading. Teachers will also network with colleagues across western Kansas through distance technologies and contribute field-tested units to a journal distributed to all participants.

For more information, or to request application forms, please contact Taggart at (785) 628-5847 or

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