LINCS Resources for Science: January Spotlight


The LINCS Resource Collection includes a wealth of resources that can be used in the Science classroom. This month, I wanted to highlight two resources that you might find useful in your classroom. 

Your Health

This booklet can be used to help students build important health literacy skills, such as understanding important preventative health measures and understanding basic health information with a goal towards utilizing it to make appropriate health decisions. Contents include the following: 

  • Your Health is in Your Hands
  • What's changed.... 
    • The fight against contagious diseases
    • Understanding the role of germs
    • Curbing the sprad of disease
    • Role of antibiotics and vaccines
    • The fight against intrinsic diseases and What are intrinsic disease? 
    • Improvement in treatment and improvments in technology based medicine. 
  • Science-Based Medicine
    • Rise of login and deductive reasoning. 
    • Inductive reasoning and the scientific methods 
    • Medical Research / Clinical Trials / Patient Protection
  • Twenty-First-cCentury Health Challenges
    • Our aging population
    • Our healthy lifestyle /challenges from infectious diseases

This resource has  a great deal of potential. Think about the skills and background knowledge needed for students entering a health care bridge program. Look at the contents and compare them to the knowledge needed in the Science portion of the High School Equivalency Science Tests? and this resource can certainly build health literacy skills and awareness. How would you use this resource? 

Expecting the Best 

This resource is a wellness curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL) students designed to improve health literacy, functional literacy, and enhance English communication skills. The 14 lessons teach a variety of functional skills, mainly focusing on health care and nutrition. The project addresses common literacy concerns that adult educators and health care professionals have expressed and builds upon the strengths of these two disciplines. The website includes student lessons and an instructor’s manual.

While this resource is focused on health literacy, the foundation for health science vocabulary is a large part of future success. How would you use this resource?