The science curriculum contains built-in opportunities for the teaching of reading skills. Using graphs is a skill that is necessary for children to gain information from their reading (Silvarcli and Wheelock, 1980). Science instruction can guide children to comprehend information from their reading by teaching them to read and infer from graphs. Lucas and Burlando (1975) stated that scientific experiences "are designed so that the student will be asked to define problems, locate information, organize data into graphic form, evaluate findings and draw conclusions.
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